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NHL Notes: Senators' Erik Karlsson still has no timetable for return after surgery

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NHL Notes: Senators' Erik Karlsson still has no timetable for return after surgery

NEW YORK -- Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson has no timetable to get back on the ice following offseason foot surgery.

Karlsson, the runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, said Wednesday he hasn't been able to do anything for three months since the operation in June to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The 27-year-old played with foot fractures and torn tendons during the playoffs as the Senators reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

"It's going to be a while," Karlsson said in an interview with The Associated Press at the annual NHL/NHLPA media tour. "We'll see when I can start skating again. We don't have a timeline for that, either. I think once I do that, we will know a little bit more clearly when I'll be able to play again."

At the time of the surgery, Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion forecast a four-month recovery that would allow Karlsson to start the regular season. With the Senators opening Oct. 5 against Washington, that's now in doubt (see full story).

Flames: Bennett inks 2-year contract
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year contract Wednesday with an annual average value of $1.95 million.

The 21-year-old Bennett had 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 regular-season games last season, and added two goals in four playoff games.

Selected by Calgary in the first-round pick of the 2014 draft, he has 31 goals and 32 assists in 159 career NHL games.

NHL: Ex-enforcer Orr finds new role in spotlight
TORONTO -- The hardest part for Colton Orr was pretending.

After duking it out many times in an NHL career that spanned almost 500 games, Orr was trying to pretend he was fighting in front of the camera as a first-time actor in "Goon: Last of the Enforcers."

It's the latest step in the spotlight for the 35-year-old former enforcer.

Orr retired from the NHL in April, just over a year after his final game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though he played in hockey hotbeds like Toronto, New York and Boston, Orr was often reluctant to step in front of the microphones and cameras.

All that is beginning to change as he adjusts to life with wife Sabrina and their two young children. Not only will Orr have a part in the "Goon" sequel that features Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber, he's also getting into broadcasting with SportsNet New York (see full story).

Carter Hart's Eagles-themed Stadium Series mask is a thing of beauty

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Carter Hart's Eagles-themed Stadium Series mask is a thing of beauty

Our harts truly cannot handle this.

It looks like we’ve finally gotten a peek at the highly anticipated Carter Hart mask for the Stadium Series game on Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. 

Hart, who attended the Eagles-Cowboys game this past season, mentioned on Feb. 14 that the helmet would be Eagles-inspired, since they are playing at Lincoln Financial Field ... and we are thrilled about these worlds colliding.

The helmet certainly did not disappoint.

One side was shown on Twitter on Friday, which bears an image of your Super Bowl LII MVP, Nick Foles. On the top, the Eagles' logo and the inscription “Philadelphia Eagles.” 

Here it is, in all its glory.

And shortly after, the Flyers released a video of Hart explaining the helmet design, which features Carson Wentz on the other side and the Eagles' team motto, "We all we got, we all we need," on the back.

And some more looks from our guys from ice level.

It also got the seal of approval from Eagles DT Fletcher Cox, who swapped jerseys with the 20-year-old netminder.

What a glorious, glorious collaboration.

 Fly, Carter, Fly.

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Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series game still on as scheduled ... for now

Flyers vs. Penguins Stadium Series game still on as scheduled ... for now

The game goes on … for now.

Concerns have grown throughout the week about the expected rainfall for Saturday night's Stadium Series game between the Flyers and Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on NBC.

However, the game will continue as scheduled, according to the NHL, which released the following statement Friday afternoon:

Despite there being some level of precipitation in the forecast, the National Hockey League continues preparations for tomorrow's 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The League is monitoring the conditions and, as of now, the game is still on as originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field. The NHL will issue a further update by 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The forecast has not looked pretty during the week. A consistent rainfall was expected Saturday evening into early Sunday morning. Obviously, rain can be one of the most problematic types of Mother Nature with outdoor hockey.

According to weather reports, the chance of rain increases late Saturday night, early Sunday morning and doesn't appear as likely and heavily for the 8 p.m. puck drop.

For the latest updates on the forecast, visit NBC Philadelphia right here.

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