The last few days has seen a return to normalcy for the Flyers. Travis Konecny has returned and scored in three straight games. Scott Laughton has returned and has added some much needed veteran experience to the lineup. However, as two names get ready to return to the lineup, another name has been added to the injured reserve list.
Tanner Laczynski is listed as week to week with a lower body injury sustained in Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Laczynski scored a goal as the Flyers earned a 5-3 victory. In 19 games, Laczynski has two goals and two assists. Laczynski’s career has been marked with several injuries, including a torn hip labrum in 2021. No timetable has been set for Laczynski’s return.
However, his injury clears the way for James van Riemsdyk to appear in uniform again. JVR broke his finger a few weeks ago. His injury, along with a slew of others, took place just before the Flyers went on a 10 game losing streak. He played in just six games and scored two goals and had three assists. It was hoped, at the beginning of the season, that he would return to his former 30 goal scoring glory days. Instead, the broken finger injury had him sidelined since before Halloween.
While JVR has been skating with the team the last few days, it will yet to be seen if he has any lasting affects from the injury while he shoots.
Meanwhile, in other good news, Cam Atkinson is skating regularly with his teammates. He has been medically cleared to play after being out since training camp with an undisclosed upper body injury. As of right now, it would appear that the only thing keeping him from lacing the skates up and hitting the ice is just getting him game conditioned and ready to go. If he comes back soon, he could bring a nice needed boost to the Flyers’ struggling offense.
It looks as if the Flyers are getting a Christmas miracle after all. TK and Laughton are back. JVR and Atkinson are appearing ready to be back. If the Flyers can get all of their top scoring threats ready to go, maybe they can start to turn this season around after the recent 10-game slide. Maybe this season isn’t as lost as we thought.