The Blue Jackets have acquired Scott Hartnell from the Flyers for R.J Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
Hartnell, 32, has spent the seven seasons in Philadelphia and is coming off of a season where he scored 20 goals with 32 assists (52 points) in 78 games. Hartnell has scored at a 24.9 goal per 82-game pace in his seven seasons with the Flyers. Not playing with Claude Giroux could hurt his performance, but the Jackets have a number of skilled centres that could mesh well with Hartnell.
Hartnell (foot) has been cleared to play and will skate on the top-line tonight vs. Red WIngs.
There was some concern over whether Hartnell would play tonight after being spotted in a walking boot over the weekend. He will be back in his familiar spot with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Hartnell has two goals and six assists in his last 10 games.
Hartnell was spotted with his foot in a walking boot.
According to general manager Paul Holmgren, it was a scheduled maintenance day for the 31-year-old winger. But when Hartnell showed up to the Carnival, he was spotted in a walking boot. Hartnell will undergo tests Monday on his left foot for an official diagnosis. He recently blocked a shot with the foot. Barring bad news, Hartnell expects to play Tuesday night when the Flyers host the Red Wing, in January (13 games), Hartnell has four goals and seven assists. Of those 11 points, five have been on the power play.
Hartnell (lower-body) is participating in Flyers practice in a non-contact jersey.
There were reports that Hartnell was having a tough time in Sunday's practice, but the fact that he is back on the ice today is good news. He has missed the last three games, but unlike Vincent Lecavalier, he isn't expected to be ready for Thursday.
After the first period of Friday's Flyers-Coyotes game, general manger Paul Holmgren announced that Scott Hartnell suffered a lower-body injury and will not return to the game. "Scott has an upper body injury probably going to keep him out for at least a week. We will know better tomorrow," added Holmgren.
Hartnell appeared in just four shifts for a total of 3:38 of ice time. Through the first four games of the season Hartnell is scoreless, while averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per game.
Hartnell will return to the Flyers lineup tonight for the first time since early January. Hartnell has only played in three games this season and as the teams leading goal scorer last season (37) he will be a huge addition for the Flyers. He may have been dropped in your league because of the injury, if so it would be a good idea to add him.