PHILADELPHIA – This is a big season for second-year defenseman Travis Sanheim, so the last thing he needed was to be sidelined early with a lengthy injury.
Thus there was a degree of breath-holding when Sanheim went out with an upper-body injury in Sunday’s game at the Islanders.
Monday, everybody exhaled. Sanheim is expected to only miss about a week of action, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.
Sanheim should be able to return in time to play in some preseason games before the regular season opens on Oct. 4.
Three back to juniors
The Flyers reduced their roster from 57 to 53 players on Monday.
They sent three players back to their junior teams: Left wing Matthew Strome returns to Hamilton of the Ontario Hockey League; right wing Maksim Sushko heads to Owen Sound of the OHL and defenseman Wyatte Wylie goes to Everett of the Western Hockey League.
Also, goalie Liam Hughes has been removed from his amateur tryout.
MacDonald back early?
According to Hextall, defenseman Andrew MacDonald might return to action a little earlier than originally expected.
MacDonald was supposed to miss about six weeks due to a lower-body injury, which means he would have missed about eight to 10 regular-season games.
Now it appears MacDonald might be back about two weeks into the regular season, which means he might only miss about five or six games.
The Flyers are back in action on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when they play the Islanders for a third straight game. On Wednesday, they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. . .The Flyers plan to keep a close eye on Jordan Weal (who played in Monday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Islanders) to see how he performs at a possible move back to center. Weal spent most of last season on the wing but admits he feels more comfortable at center, where he spent most of his junior and minor hockey league careers.