The Flyers already weak forward depth just took a monumental hit this afternoon. A bad break (2 to be exact) on a couple of slap shots in last night’s hard-fought victory over the Devils are now the headlines as the O & B will be without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne for the foreseeable future.
Both will have surgery on their fractured right feet tomorrow in Philadelphia by orthopedic surgeon Steven Raikin of the Rothman Institute.
With Carter it truly is a case of one foot forward and one foot back as he is only 6 games removed from having his left foot surgically repaired. Carter did not miss a game in two full seasons prior to breaking his left foot just over a month ago. Now to experience a similar injury on the other foot so quickly is just cruel irony. The frustration in his case, considering he appeared to finally regain his scoring touch last night must be immeasurable. His return was characterized as indefinite which would tell me that unless the Flyers advance to the Finals last night was probably the last of Carter in uniform for this season.
For Simon Gagne this will just be another notch on his long list of recent health problems. The concussion, the groin, the ab strain and now a fluke fracture in his foot doing something he’s done hundreds of times in his career. GM Paul Holmgren told reporters that Gagne would have a return target of around 3 weeks, which would put it well into the Eastern Conference finals schedule.
To replace the two the Flyers will call on veteran Ville Leino and one of Phantom forwards Andreas Nodl or David Laliberte.
Another year and it’s the some old story. Remember Desjardins breaking his arm while wrestling his kid in ’04? What about 2 years ago with losing Timonen and Coburn at the same time? You go through all the goalies this year and for once you go in with a fairly healthy skating roster then two of your top guns drop in the matter of 20 minutes.
Sometimes it’s hard not to believe this team is cursed.