(Voorhees, NJ, January 1) – The following is the latest Flyers injury report, including updates on Sami Kapanen, Mike Richards, Geoff Sanderson and Denis Gauthier following practice on Monday morning at the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone.
Kapanen left the last game in Carolina with an upper body injury, while Geoff Sanderson and Mike Richards have been out with sports hernias and skated with the team on Monday, as did Denis Gauthier, who has a shoulder injury. Sanderson and Richards accompanied the team on the rest of the road trip.
Paul Holmgren on Sami Kapanen: "Sami actually felt a little better today. He will see the doctor tomorrow morning and we'll see how he is at that point. Right now I'd say there's a slight chance he'd play in the game tomorrow, however we won't know for sure until he actually sees the doctor tomorrow."
Geoff Sanderson: "It was a lot of excitement just getting back out with the team in practice. It's still pretty sore and still a little bit of rehab left to do but it's a big step being able to get back on the ice and practice with the guys and go through the drills. It's a big step on getting back in the lineup.
"I was probably skating at not even 50 percent. That's about as hard as I can go right now, but it's progressively getting better.
"I'd like to play by the end of this road trip. That's probably the best case scenario right now but they haven't set any dates for me."
Denis Gauthier: "It felt pretty good, especially for being out for almost two months. I worked my tail off starting the day after surgery I was on the bike doing rehab and working out. I've put a lot of effort into trying to come back and not be too far behind. I just started on the ice after Christmas so this was my first team practice. For me it felt awesome.
"I can still feel it, and even when I'm ready to play I'm still going to feel it for a little while, but it's starting to get strong enough now where I'm starting to shoot the puck. We're still maybe a week or two away from the physical stuff. Overall, passing and stuff feels 100 percent. It's just down now to shooting and physical play.
"When we first had surgery the timetable was 10 to 12 weeks. I'm more towards the 10 weeks, and it's seven weeks tomorrow."
Mike Richards: "It's coming along. I'm not skating fully yet but for the most part it's getting better. I guess when the scar tissue breaks up it hurts a little bit, but they say that is good so hopefully it's not too much longer. It just depends how things progress."