By Jenny Masters
As Charlie O’Connor wrote on The Athletic:
“Those who have followed the Flyers in recent years know that rational prognostication should be thrown out the window at this point.
“The organization has turned into the living embodiment of Murphy’s Law: if there is even a chance something will go wrong, it’s going to go wrong.
“Another injury for Couturier is about the worst thing that could possibly go wrong for the 2022-23 incarnation of the Flyers.
“Couturier suffered a herniated disk in his back during pre-camp training last week, and was at risk of potentially missing the entire season.
“Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman added that the Flyers are currently seeking a second opinion, and while the issue is in the same area as his past back problem, it’s yet to be confirmed if it’s the exact same injury. The Flyers then announced that Couturier has an “upper-body injury” that will be re-evaluated during training camp and that he is on a “week-to-week” timetable.
“Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli later reported that the Flyers’ most optimistic hope is that their 29-year-old 1C will miss six-to-eight weeks, and that’s if another surgery isn’t required. He’d miss far more time if it is.
Pre-Couturier injury, I viewed them as a bottom-10 NHL team on paper talent-wise, banking on the impact of Tortorella to push them into overachievement.
Now? If Couturier were to miss the season, I'd revise that to bottom-5. https://t.co/vKn4n4YaGE
— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) September 20, 2022