Recent Philadelphia Flyers acquisition Jordan Weal is expected to miss “a minimum of three weeks” with an upper-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall announced prior to Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
Weal was out skating in the morning and coach Dave Hakstol told the media that Weal would be in the lineup on Tuesday.
That was news since Weal has only played in three games for Philadelphia since being acquired as a part of the trade that sent Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to Los Angeles.
The team says the 23-year-old center may require a minor procedure to fix the injury, but they aren’t expected to make any official announcement on that possibility until later Wednesday.
Weal has no points and two shots in his limited time with the Flyers. He made his NHL debut with the Kings earlier in the season, playing 10 games total. In those matches he didn’t score any points and managed just five shots while averaging 8:07 of ice time.
The Flyers are additionally without Sean Couturier (foot) and Michael Del Zotto (hand) at the moment. Though Couturier he may be back sooner than expected, according to Hextall on Tuesday.
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