This morning, we wrote about how the Flyers signed Mike Vecchione to a contract, and how he’s the first real top-level college free agent to sign with the club since Matt Read did the same in 2011.
Vecchione will be joining the Flyers for the final four of five games of this season, and it’s fair to ask where exactly he’d fit into the lineup -- and who would sit in favor of him. But — well, we have our answer.
It’ll be Read coming out of the lineup.
Per #Flyers GM Ron Hextall, Matt Read will be out 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 31, 2017
This obviously ends Read’s season. The bigger question, perhaps, is whether it’s ended his Flyers career. He likely won’t be protected by the team in June’s expansion draft, and there’s a decent enough chance that he could be the one taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the event.
In any event, it’s a bummer to see Read’s season cut a few games short due to injury. Whether he’s in Philadelphia next year or not, we wish him a speedy recovery.