By the time Feb. 21 rolls around, the earliest date Scott Hartnell is projected to return from a broken foot, he will have played just 26 regular-season games in an entire calendar year thanks to the NHL lockout.
For a player who missed just three contests in his first six seasons in Philadelphia, two to suspension and one to illness, that's a significant blow.
It's an even bigger blow for the Flyers, who are clearly reeling without their leading goal-scorer from last season. Hartnell, 30, netted a career-best 37 goals last year.
"It's frustrating that it had to happen to me right at the start of a short season," Hartnell said in his first comments since fracturing his left big toe on Jan. 22. "It's a shame because I was just starting to feel a little bit better on the ice and getting my timing and reading plays."
With Jaromir Jagr now in Dallas, Hartnell's absence has not only forced Peter Laviolette to find two new replacements on Claude Giroux's line, but there's also a gaping hole on the power play.
Hartnell was second in the league in power-play goals last season with 16, trailing only Pittsburgh's James Neal. The Flyers have scored five goals in their five losses; their power play is 23rd in the league at 5-for-37 (13.5 percent).
Flyers miss injured Scott Hartnell's scoring, presence
Philly.com | Jan 31