The Flyers won’t be contending for a playoff spot in the final couple of weeks of the season but they will get a boost to their lineup up front. Olivia Reiner of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes (Twitter link) that winger Travis Konecny has been activated from injured reserve to rejoin the active roster.
The 26-year-old has missed the last six weeks with an upper-body injury, about double what the original recovery timeline was expected to be. However, Konecny remains Philadelphia’s top scorer with 27 goals and 27 assists in just 52 games, a pace that had him well on his way to setting new career highs across the board prior to the injury. If nothing else, getting back into a few games will give Konecny and the coaching staff some certainty that he’ll be fully ready to go for training camp in the fall.
Philadelphia doesn’t have any forwards up with the big club on an emergency loan so no corresponding roster move needed to be made to accommodate Konecny’s return.
However, they once again have a goalie up on an emergency basis as the team announced (Twitter link) that goaltender Samuel Ersson has been brought back up from AHL Lehigh Valley. He was sent down yesterday to get a game in with the Phantoms. Carter Hart remains unavailable although he was on the ice prior to the morning skate today. Ersson has a 3.07 GAA and a .898 SV% in 10 NHL appearances this season plus a 2.68 GAA and a .904 SV% in 37 AHL contests.
As a Flyer fan, I’m praying that Danny Briere does what idiot Chuck Fletcher didn’t do at the trade deadline. Hopefully Danny can unload Kevin Hayes, Travis Konecny, Ivan Pro.., JVR, and anyone that you can get a decent pick for or salary dump of anyone on this roster besides Carter Hart unless they get blown away with an offer for him.
It helps they forced CEO Scott to retire. It’s going to take a number of years to get out of cap hell and draft more talent. They need to build this team up properly this time.