Thursday, February 9, 2017

With Konecny Out 4-6 Weeks Flyers will Look Inward to Replace Him

Travis Konecny returned to the lineup after a two-game benching on Tuesday night, but he'll be out for 4-6 weeks with ankle and knee issues after he suffered an injury while falling awkwardly during Monday's 2-0 loss to the Blues.

Konecny has had a successful season with 22 points in 51 games, and Flyers' GM Ron Hextall doesn't have a plan to replace the 19-year-old's energy and scoring punch while he is out.

"We'd love to replace him," said Hextall, "but it's not the direction we're going in. If something comes up out of the blue, but I don't see anything out there that's going to replace him. We do have a couple of kids in the minors that are playing well and a couple of vets to, so we'll see where we go."

He added: "Travis, he's a good young player, he brings good energy too, which is something that we'll certainly miss. But we have to go with what we have. That's what we have right now."

The Flyers have mustered just 13 goals in their last 10 games and after Thursday's 3-1 loss at Wells Fargo Center to the Islanders they have dropped out of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. They are a point behind the Bruins with a game in hand for the final Wild Card spot but the red-hot Islanders have now pulled to within one point of Philadelphia and the Islanders have three games in hand.