In Wednesday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers' fourth-line forward and top physical presence Zac Rinaldo apparently suffered a high-ankle sprain which will sideline him for the next six weeks.
Rinaldo, who scored his first goal of the season last night, has only one assist to go with that goal. However, he has appeared in all 44 of the Flyers' games this year, despite being involved in a number of fights and sustaining visible facial injuries. In those 44 games, he has racked up a staggering 135 hits while averaging just 7:30 of ice time per game.
Because of Rinaldo's injury, a spot will open up on the Flyers' roster until his return. No official announcements have been made as of yet, but the most believable option for his replacement is Tye McGinn. Flyers 101 will have more information on this as it is announced.
Additionally, right before last night's game, Flyers' General Manager Paul Holmgren announced that Matt Read is suffering from concussion symptoms. Read was scratched from last night's game, and has not played since December 31st in Calgary. Read will continue to be evaluated, but his return is not anticipated any time soon.
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