Friday, January 25, 2013

Hartnell goes under the knife, recovery time adjusted

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that forward Scott Hartnell underwent successful surgery on a broken toe.

"Scott Hartnell had successful surgery today to repair a broken first metatarsal in his left foot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Raikin. Recovery is expected to be 4-6 weeks," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement issued Friday night.

Hartnell,  who  was coming  off a  career-best 37-goal  season in 2011-12, was felled  in the  second period of a 3-0  loss to New Jersey on Tuesday, when he was struck in the skate by a shot from teammate Kimmo Timonen.

The prognosis is slightly more promising than in Thursday's report, which had recovery slated anywhere between one to two months.. but we all know how the majority of Flyers players defy that and come back to play as soon as is humanly possible.

At a conservative estimate of four weeks, means Hartnell could likely return for a February 25 home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The far end sees a March 15 meeting between the Devils and Flyers in Philadelphia as a possibility.

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