Kevin Hayes will be having core surgery. At present time, he doesn't appear likely to miss training camp, which is obviously very good news for the Flyers. He is a key piece of this team with him and Couturier being a 1-2 punch down the middle. Anyway:
As we have seen from players in recent memory, this is something that can take a couple months to just heal, let alone get back in game shape. Remember last year, Steven Stamkos had his surgery in early March, before the pandemic broke out. Five months later, he managed to play a few minutes in one game. In that sense, this is good news for Philly and Hayes as he's getting it done somewhat early, but in a normal year, this would have been done a month ago. At this point, he has four months to recover and get in shape for training camp.
It makes sense now why the Flyers seemed so inconsistent, right? Sean Couturier was fighting a hip injury for most of the season while Kevin Hayes requires surgery that might see him out until next season is underway (TBD on that one). This team should still be good, if everyone is healthy. I hope they don't tinker too much this summer.
I have to laugh at the NHL.
Sam Bennett gets a one-game suspension for cross-checking from behind, yet Ryan McDonagh got nothing for this hit on Anthony Duclair: