(San Jose, CA, November 18) – The Flyers received good news on Saturday morning when it was announced that left wing Todd Fedoruk could be ready to play by the end of the month. Fedoruk is currently sidelined with facial injuries.
Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren explains.
"Todd flew back to Philadelphia on Thursday and had a CT-scan done on Friday. He actually saw one of our doctors, Guy Lanzi, this morning. The good news is that he will be able to play four weeks post-surgery which is the end of the month. Obviously, he will have to wear some kind of shield for protection of his injury, but I think it's really good news for us.
"Todd is a guy we think, just because of his enthusiasm and determination he brings to our lineup, will really help our team. This is really, really good news," said Holmgren.
Fedoruk will not be able to drop the gloves right away, and will have to wait another month or so after returning before that happens. He was hurt in a fight with Minnesota's Derek Boogaard on October 27.
Still, Holmgren thinks that is not a necessary part of Fedoruk's game.
"There are certainly other things Todd can bring to the team in terms of the enthusiasm and his ability to skate and get in on the forecheck and create loose pucks," said Holmgren. "The fighting part is obviously part of his game, but I don't think it's the biggest part of his game. I think the other things that he brings are more important."
Philadelphia re-acquired Fedoruk on November 13 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations.
Rathje Returns to His Old Home
Flyers defenseman Mike Rathje returned to the place he began his career on Saturday for the first time since signing a five-year contract with Philadelphia on August 2, 2005.
Rathje spent the first 11 years in the league as a member of the San Jose Sharks, who drafted him third overall in 1992.
"It's a new experience," said Rathje after the team's pre-game skate on Saturday. "Everybody has to go through it, so I guess I'm kind of a complete NHL player now where I'm on a different team and I come back to where I started. It's exciting for me. I have family and friends who are here to watch."
Rathje also cited the benefits of playing in the Eastern Conference as opposed to out West.
"There's not as much travel, and I'm home a lot more. I really enjoy it."
He was clearly looking forward to the game, as the Flyers looked for their third straight win against some of his old teammates.
"It will be fun just to see the boys out there," said Rathje. "There's not many left that played with me, but they've done really well here and it's a bonus to watch them grow up and become good players."