Good News Appears to be Coming from Flyers’ Sean Couturier

In February, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said he expected Sean Couturier to be 100% healthy going into training camp this season.

We should know Monday if that’s true.

Couturier, operated on his back seven months ago, will speak to the media and will no doubt be questioned about his state of health.

The fact that the Flyers gave Couturier permission to speak to the media seems to be an indication that his summer rehabilitation has gone well and that he will be ready for camp.

The Flyers’ top center was only able to play 29 games last season due to back problems. He had 17 points (six goals, 11 assists).

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Couturier, 29, was the Flyers’ MVP in each of the previous three seasons. He begins an eight-year, $62 million contract this season, and he carries an annual cap of $7.75 million.

If the Flyers want to improve significantly, they need Couturier and defenseman Ryan Ellis to make strong comebacks this season.

Ellis’ return from a pelvic injury has apparently hit a snag, and he’s not expected to be in training camp. He only played four games last season, significantly weakening the defence.

The Philadelphia Flyers will have physicals Sept. 21, then hit Voorhees ice for the first time in training camp Sept. 22. The camp is free and open to the public.

Rookie Camp kicks off Thursday in Voorhees, and is also free and open to the public. The full program will be released on Monday.

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