Hartnell, who suffered a broken foot four weeks ago against the New Jersey Devils, was finally cleared to skate and participate in a full practice with the Adirondack Phantoms. Hartsy admitted to CSN that he was little tired but is pushing through the process to quickly return with the Flyers.
At the time of his injury, the Flyers were 0-2 and would eventually lose the Devils game to open the season with three straight losses. The team was lost and heading down a deep, downward spiral to the bottom of the league.
January was a brutal month for Philadelphia, as the Flyers ended 2-5 overall and sorely missed their emotional player. The injury bug was also contagious, as two additional Flyers, Wayne Simmonds (concussion) and Andrej Meszaros (shoulder injury), would miss games. Meszaros has yet to return with the team.
Fortunately, young players have stepped up their games, specifically forwards Jake Voracek, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn, and the Flyers are riding a two-game winning streak and are now tied for eighth in the playoff hunt heading into a five-game homestand.
Read, who's been the most consistent Flyer, has potentially been ruled out for Thursday against the Florida Panthers with an upper-body injury, so Philly could use Hartnell's services more than ever moving forward.
Here are five additional reasons why the Flyers can't wait for Scott Hartnell's return.