Nolan Patrick

Flyers get good news on injury front with 2019-20 season suspended because of coronavirus outbreak

Flyers get good news on injury front with 2019-20 season suspended because of coronavirus outbreak

A potential silver lining to the Flyers' 2019-20 run being brought to a halt was the time off to get healthier.

On March 11, the Flyers were about to push forward without James van Riemsdyk (broken right index finger), Philippe Myers (fractured patella in right knee) and Nate Thompson (left knee sprain).

On March 12, the NHL season was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

As the Flyers have missed their final 13 games of the regular season and have gone a month without playing, they've gotten healthier. If the 2019-20 season does resume, they'll be in good position.

The Flyers on Friday announced that Myers and Thompson have been cleared to play, while van Riemsdyk is expected to be cleared within one to two weeks.

In other health matters, Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder) continues to work out daily but has not been cleared for contact and Samuel Morin (torn ACL) is expected to be cleared to play in time for the 2020-21 season.

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Please keep Travis Konecny mic'd up at all times

Please keep Travis Konecny mic'd up at all times

Let’s call this video redemption for not getting Travis Konecny mic’d up for the NHL All-Star Game.

Everyone knows that Konecny is an elite chirper but what happens when they’re simply at practice and only surrounded by teammates?

Apparently, it means chirp at the other Travis on the ice.

Konecny was taking cracks at Travis Sanheim the entire practice Monday, noting that he was "the worst friend of all time," joking that his job was easy (followed by a demonstration from the winger and a chirp back from the defenseman), and even had a surprise for him at the end of the video. Listen, I could spoil it for you, but this seems like one you just have to watch and see. Thank me later.

Brian Elliott’s kids were also in the stands during the skate, so of course, Konecny had to go over and say hello to the "little mooses." Who wants to tell him the plural form of moose is … moose. If anything, it just adds to the hilarity of the video.

And what’s a mic’d up video from the Flyers without some Kevin Hayes content? The center was trying to figure out who commented from the bench and Konecny chimed right on in to help him out. If you look at the screen grab, it’s very reminiscent of the "don’t talk to me or my son ever again" memes around the internet. I thought that was a creative thought when first watching it, only to see others already had the same idea in the comments. So, gotta give them credit.

Konecny even attempts a play-by-play of him moving up the ice for a total of three(ish) seconds, you get a hint that Joel Farabee is dropping an album (which isn’t a thing, but should be) and we even get a glimpse of the T.K. and Nolan Patrick bromance that we haven’t seen much of this season.

Just imagine a 5-year-old on a chocolate milk sugar high … now picture that while watching this:

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Nolan Patrick still believes he will play this season but time on return remains unclear

Nolan Patrick still believes he will play this season but time on return remains unclear

The trade deadline is quickly approaching for the NHL, and around this time, it’s important to have a general understanding of what the roster would look like heading into the final stretch of the season. With the Flyers in the tightest division in the league, that need is amplified. While things for the most part seem stable, the clear level of uncertainty with Nolan Patrick still resides and remains unknown.

Not much has changed since the news of Patrick’s migraine disorder in late September — but the 21-year-old remains hopeful moving forward.

What’s different now is the fact Patrick is back on the ice with his teammates and it appears to be happening consistently. Even though he is not cleared for contact just yet, the simple element of him skating with the team has had quite an impact on the center.

“For the mental side of things, it’s way nicer to be around your teammates,” Patrick told reporters following Monday’s practice. “Obviously, it’s been a lot of fun to come back. It’s fun for me to just be around the guys.”

Patrick has also had discussions with other players who have dealt with similar things, which has also seemed to help him.

“It’s tough being alone,” Patrick said. “Being by yourself throughout the process and not being around the team.”

This is something that clearly differs from a physical body injury — such as a broken bone or a muscle strain. With those injuries comes an indication of when a player could possibly return. With Patrick’s case, it’s an ongoing process. And though it seems like progress is being made, there’s still no clear light at the end of the tunnel.

“It hasn’t been a fast process,” Patrick said. “It’s not like one day I just wake up and it’s a crazy difference, this whole process. I don’t have a timetable, and when I do, you guys will know.”

There’s clear frustration from Patrick, who just wants to be able to help his team. And even once he receives the go-ahead to be cleared for contact, there are multiple steps that need to be taken before he’s game-ready. Patrick, his doctors and the team have made sure to take their time with things — there’s no reason to rush it now when there’s steady progress and the team currently holds a playoff spot.

After he’s cleared for contact, a conditioning stint with the AHL affiliate team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, would be the next step.

“If I were you, I would only get excited about Nolan being around us once he gets sent to Lehigh Valley,” head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. “Because that means that he’s getting close. Lehigh Valley means that he’s going down there for conditioning, to get some games in.”  

Does Vigneault believe Patrick is close to heading to Allentown for said stint?

“I have no idea," he said.

Luckily for the Flyers, the combination of youth and veteran players have solidified the lineup and were able to fill what in previous years, would have been quite a significant gap, if any top player were out.

While having Patrick back would add even more depth down the middle for the Flyers, they’ve found a way to make it work until that discussion becomes tangible. Take that as a win-win on both ends of things, as this relieves the pressure off of Patrick, so he can focus on what needs to be done in order to get back to game-ready.

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