The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. With a whole new look in their front office, they clearly have their eyes set on the future of the franchise which will cause some pain in the meantime.
This is an organization that will certainly have its eyes on the draft lottery in the spring if everything goes according to plan. It should be fun to see the Flyers rebuild instead of always just hanging around in the middle of the pack.
Getting through this season will be tough but they are going to have a big boost to their lineup if all goes well. Sean Couturier hasn’t suited up in a regular season game (or any kind of game) since December 18th, 2021. That is until he suited up for a preseason game on Monday night.
There were 646 days in between the two appearances for Couturier as a couple of difficult back surgeries kept him out of the lineup. It is great, as hockey fans, to see players recover from injuries that are tough like this.
The Philadelphia Flyers are happy to have Sean Couturier back in the mix.
In this Monday night preseason game, Couturier and the Flyers took on a high-flying New Jersey Devils team that has Stanley Cup aspirations this season. The Devils ended up winning the game by a final score of 6-0 but it was the return of Couturier that was important for the Flyers.
In his return to the ice for game action, he played 18:05 and won 56% of his faceoffs. He also had two takeaways so his amazing defensive presence is clearly still there. The offense will come as the Flyers couldn’t really get much going against the Devils as a whole.
Joel Farabee was the only Flyers forward who had more ice time than Couturier so they clearly believe he is good to go for this season. It will be a matter of getting his feet back under him for him to become that amazing two-way player again. The offense will. surely come.
It was great to see him back in action on this Monday night. He is 30 years old and has a lot of time left on his contract making $7.75 million so the Flyers are hoping he can stick around through the rebuild that they are doing. This was a great start.