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OTF: Hextall's comments on Couturier

Couturier out 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers

NOV. 23

7:58 p.m.


Flyers GM Ron Hextall addressed the media prior to the game at Tampa on Couturier's status and the team moving forward.

"I thought it was an innocent looking play. A lot of times that's what happens. Sometimes you have some violent collisions and everyone gets up and they're fine and other times it seems pretty innocent, and to me it looked fairly innocent."

"He's a strong, two-way player," added Hextall on the shoes to be filled with Couturier and the strong defensive aspect that comes with his game. "I can't say enough about the way he plays. He's one of my favorite players. Most coaches and most hockey people, they appreciate the game he plays so that's a big one for us. We have a little bit of adversity now. We have to face it head on and get going."

Nick Cousins fills in for Couturier on the line with Simmonds and Konecny at Tampa. Hextall feels confident in the depth at that position to do the job and sees opportunity at the same time. 

"Nick is first and foremost a really smart player. He can make plays, he's competitive, he's got a little bit of an edge to him and he's proved at every level that he can play an offensive type of role, a two-way role, so now's his opportunity to prove it at this level."

Cousins tallied the third and final goal against the Panthers on Tuesday night. It was his third of the year. He has six points (3g-3a) and is a +1 in 16 games entering Wednesday.

"We can't just sit and say, Cousins is going to replace Couturier. That's not fair. Couturier is a big part of our team. Cousins has to do his job, no question. Scott [Laughton] has to do his job so does everybody else and they just have to give a little bit more and that's how we're going to survive without Couturier." 

1:44 p.m.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall updated the status of center Sean Couturier. The Flyers center will be out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury he sustained in Tuesday's game at Florida. Earlier in the morning, the Flyers placed Couturier on Injured Reserve and recalled forward Scott Laughton from their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

11:42 a.m.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that the Flyers have placed center Sean Couturier on Injured Reserve and have recalled forward Scott Laughton from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Couturier was injured in the second period of Tuesday's game at Florida and did not return. Hextall stated following the game that Couturier would fly back to Philadelphia and would most likely have an update later in the afternoon.

Video: GM Hextall speaks on Sean Couturier's injuryFlying into Tampa is forward Scott Laughton, who has been recalled to the club after appearing in eight games for the Phantoms, recording eight points (2g-6a) and a +3 rating. 

He was originally sent to Lehigh Valley on a conditioning loan on Nov. 3 after an injury during Flyers training camp saw him miss the start of the season. He was then loaned again to Lehigh Valley on Nov. 9. 

The Flyers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in the second of games on back-to-back nights (7:30 p.m. on TCN & 93.3 WMMR). For more on the game, CLICK HERE

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