UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:35 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
According to a report from Sam Carchidi and Philly.com, the Flyers have announced that Hartnell has a broken bone in his left foot and will miss 4-8 weeks.
Here's an excerpt from the report:
Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, who scored a career-high 37 goals last season, will miss four to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, GM Paul Holmgren said on Thursday.
In related news, the Flyers have reportedly signed former Philly winger Mike Knuble to help fill some of the lost production that will result from Hartnell's absence. Tom Panaccio of Comcast Sportsnet had the report:
confirmed. Knuble is a Flyer again. Classy guy. Very intelligent about the game and anything else that matters. And a good fit, I feel— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) January 25, 2013
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The Flyers tweeted on Wednesday:
Hartnell missed practice on Wednesday after he was hit by a shot from teammate Kimmo Timonen during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
The 30-year-old veteran, who posted 67 points last season for Philadelphia (37 goals, 30 assists), goes down at a bad time for the Flyers, who have started the 2012-2013 campaign with three straight losses.
Hartnell, who has posted one assist in three games this season, led the Flyers in goals last season and was second to center Claude Giroux in points.
The Flyers managed 103 points in the standings last season, managing to grab the Eastern Conference's No. 5 seed in the process. They beat the No. 4-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference quarterfinals before falling to the Devils in the semifinals in five games.
Led by Hartnell, Philadelphia was among the best scoring teams in the NHL last season, averaging 3.17 goals per game (tied for second). They largely used a team effort. Beyond Hartnell and Giroux, wing Wayne Simmonds and center Matt Read scored more than 20 goals apiece.
It looks like Philadelphia will need a team effort more than ever now that Hartnell is down. If the club is to get out of its funk quickly, it is going to have to do so without its top goal scorer from last season.
Not exactly what the Flyers had in mind heading into the 2012-2013 campaign.