According to a report by the Montreal Journal, Flyers’ top-line center Sean Couturier has reinjured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The incident occured at the Boot Camp tournament in Quebec City two weekends ago. It’s the same injury that forced him to miss Game 4 against the Penguins in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Couturier was injured after colliding with Radko Gudas during a morning practice session.
According to the report, this injury occured on a non-contact play during a routine move on the ice. A tear to the medial collateral ligament usually does not require surgery and typically takes up to six weeks to recover.
Couturier returned to South Jersey last week as the Flyers prepare to kick off training camp Sept. 14. It’s unclear if Couturier will be fully recovered in time to participate.
The two-way center is coming off the best NHL season of his career, recording a career-high 31 goals and 45 assists and finishing runner-up to Kings’ forward Anze Kopitar for the Frank J. Selke Trophy — awarded to the league’s best defensive forward.
Earlier in the offseason, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Couturier had made a full recovery without surgery.
Update: Per GM Ron Hextall, Sean Couturier will be out approximately four weeks with a lower body injury.