“If it’s somethin’ weird an’ it don’t look good…”
–Ray Parker Jr.
As you may have already heard, Phantoms’ defenceman and top-prospect Shayne Gostisbehere suffered an ACL tear near the end of Friday night’s game in Manchester, NH. He’s now out “indefinitely.” Flyers GM Ron Hextall left open the possibility that we could see him back near the end of the season, but personally I’m not holding my breath. He could be skating and doing hockey things, but I’d want to make sure he’s completely right before putting him in harm’s way again so soon.
How big a blow is this? I don’t think we can understate it, really. First, for the player: Shayne now loses an entire year of development–a year in which the Flyers wanted to see him fine-tune his craft in Allentown before becoming a force in Philadelphia next season (or even at the end of this season). He’ll likely need to start next season with the Phantoms now–which may be good for us as fans but delays his impact for the Flyers. For the Flyers it’s one more injury to a prominent defenceman: First round pick Sam Morin recently suffered a fractured jaw with his juniors team. Finally, for the Phantoms: The Ghost was a significant part of a team which was poised to (finally, and once again) make some noise in the AHL standings. One need look no further than this weekend’s results: Ghost had two assists in the Phantoms’ 3-2 win Friday night. The same team got shut out 3-0 the next night in Portland. Microscopic sample size, but the kid’s a fabulous player who’s fun to watch and makes a difference on both ends of the ice. Sad to see him go out like this so early in the season; we wish him well has he has surgery Thursday and starts the road to recovery.
We’ll have more on this as the week goes along, as well as a “Hockey Night” post to get you ready for Saturday. But, now some quick news and notes:
- I’ve seen it written that Forward Pat Mullane and defenseman Adam Comrie have been signed to “two-way” contracts by the Flyers, and assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley. More on them to come–assuming some support for the injured.
- Magnet Schedules for ALL FANS at this Saturday’s game! This will be great for Dan’s collection, but more importantly it could be bringing us one step closer to a promo schedule. I have reached out to the Phantoms with some promotional questions, but have not heard back from them yet. Stay tuned–I do have a piece written which will post soon regardless.
See you at the arena (Saturday!)