The Philadelphia Flyers announced that goaltender Antero Niittymaki sustained a torn labrum in his left hip during this morning's practice at the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke.
"Antero Niittymaki tore the labrum in his left hip today at the morning skate," said Clarke in making the announcement. "The MRI shows that there is a tear and the MRI will be sent overnight to Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tennessee. We won't know if surgery is necessary until tomorrow afternoon. If surgery is necessary, it will be six to eight weeks before he is back playing."
Niittymaki, 26, posted a 23-15-6 record, 2.97 GAA and .895 save percentage in 46 games for the Flyers last season. His 23 wins were tied for third among rookie NHL goaltenders and were the most wins by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Ron Hextall won 37 games during the 1986-87 season. In two seasons with the Flyers, Niittymaki has compiled a 26-15-6 record, 2.84 GAA and .899 save percentage in 49 career regular season games.
Goaltender Martin Houle has been recalled from the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.