Couturier healthy for Flyers entering training camp

VOORHEES, N.J. — Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes will likely be complete individuals for the Philadelphia Flyers when training camp opens Sept. 21.

Couturier, who did not play after Dec. 18 closing season and had again surgical operation Feb. 11, mentioned he gained ultimate clearance about two weeks in the past and has been participating in casual skating and exercise classes.

“I feel good,” the 29-year-old middle mentioned Monday. “I had a long recovery. (It) took longer than I thought, a lot of ups and downs, but now I’m feeling good and ready to go. Excited to get going again.”

Couturier’s absence left a hollow at middle at the most sensible line closing season.

In the 29 video games with him, the Flyers have been 12-12-5 (.500 issues share), averaged 2.66 targets consistent with sport and allowed 3.17 targets consistent with sport. Without him, they have been 13-34-6 (.302), averaged 2.51 targets consistent with sport and allowed 3.81 targets consistent with sport.

“I want to prove that I’m healthy again and I can be back to the player I am, that I was, and maybe even better,” Couturier mentioned. “I’m going to push myself. I think [new coach John Tortorella] is here to kind of do that, push ourselves, make it a tough (training) camp, a lot of skating and see if we’re in shape. So, I’m going to prove myself like everyone else and just try to show that I’m back to who I was.”

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Hayes additionally desires to give a contribution after having surgical operation thrice on his belly area closing season. The 30-year-old middle mentioned it was once the 3rd process Jan. 18, which tired fluid from the adductor area of his hip, that helped treatment an an infection that were the basis of his problems.

Hayes completed the season with 31 issues (10 targets, 21 assists) in 48 video games, together with a team-leading 22 issues (seven targets, 15 assists) in 28 video games after coming back from that 3rd surgical operation March 5.

“This was the first summer I’ve had in probably two years where I entered into the training part of my summer where I was 100 percent and doing everything and nothing was really holding me back,” Hayes mentioned.

As a lot as his frame feels excellent, Hayes’ psychological method is best too, as a result of he can agree with his frame once more. 

That procedure began closing season and has been bolstered via how he is felt at the ice.

“There were times last year where I was leaving games where I was questioning whether I’d ever feel good ever again,” he mentioned. “It was nice to know that I could play hockey again and enjoy myself and not worry about my groins every shift I’m on the ice. So that was the main reason why I came back, and it cleared a lot of mental thoughts up for me, and I’m hoping that it stays that way.”

Their teammates without a doubt are excited to have the 2 most sensible facilities healthy and able to give a contribution.

“It’s huge, arguably your No. 1 and No. 2 center,” ahead Cam Atkinson mentioned Tuesday. “They were both hurt the whole season. When you have ‘Coots,’ one of your best players if not your best player, going 100 percent, he anticipates, he dictates the play, not only in the offensive zone but defensively, his stick is so good. And Hayes is so naturally skilled. When you have your two big boys going it drags the other guys into the fight.”

With a healthy Couturier and Hayes, there may be an interior trust that the Flyers may turn out the skeptics improper and go back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after failing to qualify in every of the previous two seasons. 

In addition to the hiring of Tortorella on June 17, Philadelphia obtained defenseman Tony DeAngelo in a industry with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 8, and signed ahead Nicolas Deslauriers (four-year contract) and defenseman Justin Braun (one-year contract) on July 13.

“I think on paper we have a really good team,” Hayes mentioned. “But I think when you have such a bad year like we did last year, it just adds that to it. … I think with ‘Torts’ leading the group, it’s going to be a hard but fun training camp, and I think we’re going to kind of embrace the hard work together and hopefully come together as a team quicker than it would normally take.”

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