The Philadelphia Flyers held their exit interviews on Wednesday, and a lot of interesting information was revealed. We learned about Sean Couturier’s injury after Game 6 on Sunday, but we didn’t hear about the others until today.
Ivan Provorov revealed that he had a Grade 3 AC Sprain and lost feeling in his arm during Game 6, and Wayne Simmonds revealed a bevy of injuries.
Simmonds received a lot of criticism during the season for his lack of production, but after hearing some of the injuries he endured, he deserves some slack and respect.
Simmonds said that he had a “torn pelvis” prior to training camp, and played the entire year with that injury.
“Yeah, it hurt a little bit,” Simmonds said a bit tongue-in-cheek. “It was a very frustrating year and things didn’t go the way I wanted,” he continued. “It didn’t allow me to have the power that I usually have. It was extremely frustrating.”
That pelvis injury caused him to overcompensate, leading to a groin injury early in the season. He then suffered broken teeth from a high stick, broke his ankle from being hit by a Shayne Gostisbehere shot, and finally tore a ligament in his hand in February. He only missed seven games this season to recover from the hand injury.
Here is the timeline of Simmonds’ season, per Dave Isaac.
Wayne Simmonds injury timeline
• Enters training camp with torn pelvis.
• Oct. 17: pulled groin
• Oct. 19: broken teeth from Mattias Ekholm’s stick
• Late Oct: breaks ankle from Shayne Gostisbehere snapshot
• Feb. 16: tore ligament in his hand.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 25, 2018
“If I’m not dead or I’m not deathly sick, I’m gonna try to get out there and do whatever I can,” Simmonds said.
Wayne Simmonds joins Ivan Provorov and Sean Couturier in earning the “warrior” tag this season.
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