flyers sam morin, nhl, acl

By Julie Glass

Flyers defenseman Sam Morin’s physical nightmare will likely continue until February 2019.

He got hurt in the first period of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ record five-overtime game on May 9, tearing his right ACL. He is expected to have surgery this week and according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is “probably out until February.”

He didn’t have the surgery sooner because another part of the knee was affected and he had to wait two and a half weeks.

“People tend to forget that Sam’s been a healthy player for the most part in his career prior to that,” Flyers GM Ron Hextall told the Courier-Post. “We’re writing this off as — he had a tough year, there’s no doubt about it in terms of the injuries. We don’t think any less of Sam than we did in September of last year. We still have high hopes for Sam and we know he’s gonna turn into a good player for us.”

Morin, who turns 23 this July, is a restricted free agent. The Flyers will undoubtedly re-sign him and he will likely start the season with an “injured/non-roster” designation.

“It’s pretty crazy. I didn’t miss a game (for injury) my first two years,” he said early this month, one week before the injury occurred. “This year I’ve only played how many? Fifteen? Sixteen? Sometimes it’s just about luck and sometimes just preparing my body, warmup and stuff like that.”

“I need to get re-signed. There’s a lot of stuff going on, but I’m a really confident guy and I think I can play in the NHL when I’m healthy,” Morin said. “I just need to get a little bit of luck on my side and I think I will. It’s been a long process for me, a long road, but I’m gonna make it.”

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