Matt Read Out Six Weeks With Muscle Tear In Ribs
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By: Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky)
For the Philadelphia Flyers, the good news is always accompanied with an extra helping of bad news. Despite a 6-5 win over instate rival Pittsburgh Penguins, the team was dealt what could be a crippling blow.
GM Paul Holmgren has announced that left wing Matt Read will miss six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. The injury reportedly came when Read suffered a massive hit from the Penguins Matt Kunitz towards the end of the first period. He never returned to the game, as the team initially announced he had an “upper body injury”. Today, the team confirmed the 26 year-old will be out until April at the earliest.
The top scorer amongst rookies in 2012, Read carried his scoring prowess onto the 2013 season, leading all Flyers with 7 goals. With the offense completely stagnant, head coach Peter Laviolette made the call to replace Danny Briere on the first line with Read, and the move paid immediate dividends. The Bemidji State University product had four points in four games on the Flyers top line, and helped captain Claude Giroux break out of a miserable 7 game goal drought.
But the team must move forward without him now, and Read’s absence the team has called upon Tye McGinn to take over the left wing duties on the top line. McGinn, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, spent a few games on Giroux’s left side when Wayne Simmonds went down with a concussion. He has five points in fourteen games.
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