The Philadelphia Flyers took a big hit to their offense in the first period of their Saturday night match up against the Ottawa Senators when forward Travis Konecny went down with an apparent injury. The 22 year old former first round pick was the victim of a big hit from Ottawa Senators veteran defenseman Mark Borowiecki, and on Monday the Flyers confirmed some very bad news.
According to an official announcement from the Flyers, Konecny has suffered a concussion and has been ruled out of the line up indefinitely. It seems safe to suggest that the concussion comes as a direct result of the hit from Borowiecki, especially when you look back exactly at how it was that both men came to be injured on the play. Although some have taken exception to Borowiecki's actions it does appear as though he was lining up Konecny for a clean hit, but unfortunately both men smashed their heads against one another as they came together, likely resulting in this concussion for Konecny. Borowiecki did not escape unscathed from this one either as the Senators blue liner could be seen bleeding from his forehead as he skated back to the Senators bench.
The big issue here of course for the Flyers is the fact that they now appear to have lost their leading scorer for the foreseeable future. Konecny was on a tear to start the season with 11 goals and 17 assists for a combined 28 points over just 30 games played and replacing him in the line up is going to be an impossible task for the Flyers. Not only is the loss of such a talented young player a concern but the Flyers use of the "indefinitely" tag here also leaves a great deal unsaid regarding Konecny's recovery process from this injury. Unfortunately with concussions there is so much variance that it is impossible to predict how long he may be out for.
Head coach Alain Vigneault is spinning this as merely an opportunity for another Flyer to step up to the plate and take a swing.
“He’s been our best scorer and he’s found a way to contribute offensively and defensively. We were using him five-on-five and the PP. It’s going to give the opportunity to someone else to see more ice time and step up and contribute.”