The hits just keep on coming, as the update we’ve been dreading has finally come. Flyers goalie Carter Hart will miss 2-3 weeks due to an abdominal strain, likely suffered at practice Tuesday morning.
Initial reports just detailed him being taken off the ice. Many thought it was precautionary, until another report came out, courtesy of Bill Meltzer.
Now, after the update has come, we all know that Hart will be out 2-3 weeks. The Flyers have already made a flurry of moves to accommodate calling up backup Alex Lyon, sending Joel Farabee to the Phantoms, and placing Chris Stewart on waivers.
Much like the Andy Andreoff situation a week or so ago, Chris Stewart can play while on waivers. This is solely a cap-move, trying to clear more space. The Farabee loan also frees up enough space to make room for Lyon and his $750k hit.
With Hart out 2-3 weeks, that means he may miss one or both of the Flyers’ games against bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ideally, two weeks puts him back in time for the January 31st game against the Penguins. If it takes three weeks, he should be back in time for the February 6th game against the New Jersey Devils.
Mandatory Credit – Alex McIntyre