Matt Read left Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 win over the Penguins with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Speculation ran rampant that this might have been one of those euphemisms for the dreaded “concussion.” But no.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren stated before the end of that contest that Read was hit in the chest with a puck, and that’s at least more of a creative use of the truth than the actual truth.
The actual truth, from Holmgren prior to Thursday’s game against Florida, is that Read is expected to miss the next six weeks with torn rib cage muscles.
This, on the heels of the promising news that Scott Hartnell was able to skate and practice for a whole two hours today and is targeting a return some time next week.
Ebb and flow, folks. Vagaries of the business. The 26-year-old has totaled a team-leading seven goals along with 13 points while playing in all 18 games for the Flyers thus far this year.