While the Flyers are receiving some good news on the injury front, it will be a while before they can actually benefit from it, writes Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post. Center Scott Laughton has been skating since Friday and is hoping to be ready in the next seven to ten days to return to the lineup from a knee injury. As for Michael Del Zotto, he skated for the first time on Sunday after suffering a knee injury of his own.
On the surface, that might sound promising that both are nearing returns to the lineup but there is one hiccup they have to deal with. At the start of the season, the Flyers placed both players on long-term injury reserve (LTIR), allowing them to have replacement players while remaining cap compliant. As a result, both players must miss at least 10 games and 24 days of action. Even though both players may be ready to go before the 24 days are up, neither will be able to return to playing until their November 5th game against Montreal.
Other news from around the league:
- The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to set the first quarter escrow rate on pay at 15.5%, notes TSN’s Frank Seravalli. Teams withhold the escrow amounts in order to maintain an equal 50/50 split of revenues as listed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the 15.5% represents a reduction compared to last year (17%), it’s still unlikely that the players will receive a lot of that money back. In 2014-15 – the last season where total revenues have been finalized – the players had 15% withheld as escrow and only received 2.05% of it back. The large gap will likely continue to be a problem as league revenues begin to flat line with the NHLPA exercising at least some part of their cap escalator each offseason.
- Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray is not currently with the team on their road trip but could join them at some point this week, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Murray missed Saturday’s game in Dallas with a head injury after a collision with Chicago’s Brent Seabrook on Friday night.
- The Ducks have placed blueliner Simon Despres on LTIR, TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes (Twitter link). The move gives Anaheim some more financial flexibility in the short-term as they look to re-sign RFA defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Despres is currently out with an upper body injury that is believed to be concussion-like symptoms.