He was soon ruled out for the series, and we prepared for the worst. However, it looks like it’s going to be a short-term injury for Sanheim, who is expected to return during the Eastern Conference Finals.
On Sunday morning, former Flyers insider Tim Pannacio tweeted that Sanheim reportedly had a MCL knee sprain.
Loose end to tie up: Flyers never addressed Travis Sanheim injury. MCL knee sprain
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchUFA) May 13, 2018
Then, on Tuesday morning, Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon addressed the media and said that both Sanheim and Phil Varone returning would be a matter of when, not if, per Stephen Gross of the Morning Call.
Injury updates – #LVPhantoms coach Scott Gordon said he thinks "it's not a question of it, but when" for Travis Sanheim and Phil Varone returning for the AHL Eastern Conference Finals series against Toronto.
— Stephen Gross (@Stephen_Gross23) May 15, 2018
Sanheim has developed well this season with both the Flyers and Phantoms. Getting that extra time with the Phantoms helped him during the season, and this experience of playoff hockey will help him even more. Sanheim had 16 points and a +14 rating in 18 games with the Phantoms this season.
Also expected to return this series is AHL MVP Phil Varone. Varone led the Phantoms with 70 points and 47 assists, and had the third-most goals (23) this season.
Given that it’s “when, not if,” it would be safe to assume that the two will be returning for one of the first few games of the series. Games 1 and 2 of the series are this weekend, with two days off before Game 3 on Wednesday night. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they play it safe and keep Sanheim out until Game 3, or just play him in one of the two back-to-backs to ease him back in. But if he’s ready to go, he’ll be out there giving it his all.
The Eastern Conference Finals begin this weekend in Toronto, with the series shifting to Allentown later next week.
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