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Flyers' Voracek expected to miss two weeks

Philadelphia's second-leading scorer has lower-body injury

by Jeff Neiburg / Correspondant

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek will miss approximately two weeks because of a lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall said Monday. 

Voracek, 26, played in 286 consecutive games prior to sitting out Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. He was seen wearing a boot on his left foot Saturday. 

He is second on the Flyers with 48 points in 60 games. 

Hextall said Voracek's injury will not require surgery.

"We found a way to kind of band together at times this year when a guy is out," Hextall said. "We did it when [Claude Giroux] was out. Now we've got to do it when Jake is out. Sam [Gagner] has kind of stepped up in an offensive role and helped out. I think everybody has to add a little bit more."

The Flyers have won the first two games of their six-game homestand and enter their game Monday against the Calgary Flames at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; SNW, CSN-PH, NHL.TV) three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Hextall said Voracek's status played little into his approach to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, which passed at 3 p.m. ET on Monday. The Flyers did not make any trades. 

Philadelphia has spent the past few seasons stockpiling prospects and draft picks.

"We're looking if we can make ourselves better today and not hurt our future; we're all for it," Hextall said. "Nothing came up that made sense."

Hextall said in the past week he didn't expect to be adding any pieces. It was more likely that the Flyers would trade some players off the roster to continue to build for the future. Hextall said the Flyers' place in the standings didn't play a large part in his thinking.

"You always look at the deadline first and say, 'How far are we in? How far are we out? Where are we positioned?'" he said. "It comes into your mind, of course. But we have a vision set out a couple years ago and we're not deviating from it. Does it mean you adjust? Of course you adjust; you have to adjust. Everything doesn't go the way that you planned for it to go. If we wanted to start unloading picks and prospects today we could've become a better team. We weren't going to do that. 

"Conversely, we're three points out. Our guys have played well. You owe your players, you owe the organization, you owe the fans a certain amount. So were we going to just start letting bodies fly out? No. Again, if something made sense long-term that kind of overwhelmed us, we would have looked at it. We did; we looked at everything."

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