Forward Cam Atkinson was expected to return to the Philadelphia Flyers at some point this year. The 33-year-old attacker missed time because of an injury he sustained before the season. Unfortunately, Atkinson’s season has been ruined by the injury.
Atkinson underwent neck surgery, the Flyers said on Wednesday. As a result, he won’t play throughout the regular season. Nobody anticipated or desired the outcome of this choice.
Flyers coach John Tortorella stated, “He was doing everything he possibly could to avoid getting opened up, especially in that area. Cam was eager to play. He is a fierce rival.
Atkinson thought his return was imminent not too long ago. On December 3, the Flyers forward added, “It’s been fairly terrific. “A small amount of change, but we’re simply ironing out the problems. I’m getting there, but not quite, so I don’t believe I can currently assist this team. But I’m getting there.
The 33-year-old will not play for his squad this season at all, instead. The Flyers suffer a significant setback as they lose one of their top performers from the previous campaign. In terms of goals (23) and points (50), Atkinson was Philadelphia’s second-place finisher a year ago.
The 33-year-old was also hoped to serve as a liaison between the team and the coach by the Flyers. When both Atkinson and Tortorella were with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier in their careers, they played together for six seasons.
In the Metropolitan Division, Philadelphia is now ranked eighth, and their chances of making the playoffs are getting worse. They have scored the fewest goals of any team in the Eastern Conference and are one of four teams with fewer than 80 goals this season.