The Philadelphia Flyers ended their season with a game six loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins this past Sunday. It was clear from the start that something was ailing some of the Flyers top players. Nobody was facing bigger injuries than Wayne Simmonds, though.
Simmonds would address the media after the loss, citing that they would soon find out his likely lengthy injury list. And that is what happened when the team took part in their exit interviews on Wednesday afternoon.
Lengthy Injury List For Flyers Wayne Simmonds
When Simmonds opened the season with a hat-trick against the San Jose Sharks, it looked like it was going to be a good season for him. It was only the beginning of his injury trouble, though.
When addressing the media on Wednesday, Simmonds admitted to coming into training camp with a torn pelvic ligament. Not one to miss time, he decided to play through it. It would only lead to other injuries, however.
Wayne Simmonds injury timeline
• Enters training camp with torn pelvis.
• Oct. 17: pulled groin
• Oct. 19: broken teeth from Mattias Ekholm’s stick
• Late Oct: breaks ankle from Shayne Gostisbehere snapshot
• Feb. 16: tore ligament in his hand.
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Along with the torn pelvic ligament, Simmonds would deal with four other injuries throughout the season. He suffered a pulled groin, broken teeth, broken ankle and a torn ligament in his thumb.
Simmonds would only miss seven games, coming after the torn ligament which he suffered in a fight against New York Rangers Anthony DeAngelo. The torn pelvic ligament would have kept him out for four to six weeks.
Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth Headed For Surgery
When Brian Elliott returned to the Flyers net towards the end of the season, he was a bit shaky in his first game. It was to be expected, as he hadn’t played in over a month. But Elliott would admit that he came back too soon from his core muscle injury. He will likely need a minor, arthroscopic surgery to clean up small issues.
Michal Neuvirth, however, will need a more major surgery. Neuvirth will have both of his hips scoped. He will also be changing trainers in the hope of staying injury free. Neuvirth spoke on how he believed his previous training could be the reason for all his injuries.
Grade Three AC Sprain For Ivan Provorov
The injuries continued to come out for some of the Flyers top players. It was known that Ivan Provorov was playing through a shoulder sprain in the last playoff game. The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, however. After it was all said and done, Provorov was playing with a Grade Three AC sprain in his shoulder. The injury normally would have kept the defenseman out six to eight weeks.
Provorov says he was losing the feeling in his arm in the third period.
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“It was really frustrating going down in the third period, where I was starting to lose the feeling in my arm,” Provorov said. “I lost the puck a bunch of times and turned it over. As a competitor, it’s hard not to be out there and not try to do everything to help the team win.”
Provorov will not require surgery to fix his shoulder as eight weeks of rest will do. He will be able to resume his training in July.
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