Matt Read will not play again this season, after taking a shot to the arm in Thursday’s victory over the New York Islanders. He’ll be out six to eight weeks according to GM Ron Hextall, meaning it is likely some sort of a broken arm or wrist. Read had just 19 points this season and has really taken a step back in recent years. As a rookie, he scored 24 goals and 47 points, but has never been able to duplicate those numbers.
Read, 30, is signed for one more season with the Flyers at $3.625MM and will likely be relegated to bottom-six duty again next year. What looked like a very promising career after signing as a free agent out of college has taken a downward turn. He’ll try to rehab the injury and improve his play next season.
- In a much more inspiring note, Craig Cunningham was on the ice today for the Tuscon Roadrunners. The last we heard from Cunningham, he was finally walking down a hallway after being fitted with a prosthetic leg. The former captain of both the Providence Bruins and Springfield Falcons, Cunningham collapsed earlier this year and eventually had his leg amputated due to complications. One of the most liked players in the minor leagues, it’s wonderful to see him back lacing up skates.
- The Chicago Blackhawks are still expecting Artem Anisimov back for the playoffs, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic. The injured centerman hasn’t played since March 14th and hasn’t been present at any practices so far for the ’Hawks. In his stead, Chicago has tried both Nick Schmaltz and Tanner Kero between Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports that both Jake Guentzel and Ron Hainsey will return to the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Guentzel will immediately return to the wing of Sidney Crosby, and try to pick up where he left off when he suffered a concussion on a hit from Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. Guentzel has 25 points in 35 games since coming up from the AHL, a very successful rookie season.
- Frank Vatrano will not play this weekend for the Bruins as they take on the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks on back-to-back days. Vatrano has been dealing with an upper-body injury that held him out of Thursday’s game, and missed practice today altogether. As the Bruins fight for their playoff lives, they could use Vatrano for his secondary scoring.