Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher admits team's medical staff has failed players

Published May 3, 2022 at 2:32 PM

Now that the Philadelphia Flyers are in the off-season, it looks like Chuck Fletcher is taking the injury issues of the team seriously. The Flyer's lost the 3rd most games of any team to injury this past (585), trailing only the Coyotes (627) and Canadiens (731). It appears that the key issue facing the Flyers is a medical staff failure.

Multiple Flyers players have been sidelined with significant injuries during the regular season, including newly acquired Ryan Ellis and Kevin Hayes.

Fletcher admits there's absolutely a problem with guys coming back from injuries too soon. We will sit down with our doctors and strength and conditioning staff and look at ways we can invest and improve that entire area. Questions have already been asked: what's been bad luck, what's been preventable.

Injuries to newly acquired players like Ryan Ellis tainted almost the entire season for the Flyers. Ellis was a pickup from the Predators and is currently suffering from Pelvis and Hip problems only categorized earlier in the year as a lower-body injury.

Ellis played in the Flyers' first three games and helped them start 2-0-1 as he picked up four points, including a goal. He then missed a little over three weeks — and nine games — and played in a 5-2 loss in Dallas.

The issue hasn't affected Ellis only either, Kevin Hayes was brought back from a lower-body injury in February and only played 20 games afterward. Hayes is currently out on the injured reserve and was reported in March to be in rehab and skating, but not in line rushes with teammates.

Kevin Hayes issued the following comment:

We honestly don't know when the infection started. It could've been from training before games or some doctors even said it could've been from the original surgery back in May. So we don't really know. It's obviously frustrating when you see the season that the team's having and you're supposed to be one of the key players to help your team win. And even when you were playing, you weren't doing too much to help your team.
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Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher admits team's medical staff has failed players

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