Voorhees, NJ — Sean Couturier’s willingness to embrace his unpopular days is understandable.
It’s not just the long and difficult recovery from two back surgeries. But it’s also these volatile times to rebuild the Flyers.
You would think he was frustrated enough to recover from his injury. He wants to endure more with his teammates.
“This man is a completely different animal,” said John Tortorella on Saturday morning. [play].”
Despite that being his ultimate goal, the couturier will not get the chance when the 2022-23 season ends in April. Head Athletic Trainer Tommy Alba, Interim General Manager Danny Briere and Tortorella have decided the 30-year-old center will not return to the game this season.
Tortorella said Couturier “hasn’t stepped back at all,” and the Flyers called about a week and a half to two weeks ago.
“Let me give you my point of view. Danny was there and all the medical personnel were there when we discussed this very important decision,” Tortorella said. “For me, I said to Coutts from day one, why can’t we use the next few months to prepare more? And his injury isn’t that important. My biggest concern is , is that this game is currently being played at speed.At the end of the year, it is a fast game.
“Doctors have cleared him. Everything is fine. I’m worried about another injury where he’s not keeping up with his speed and he’s not keeping up with the speed of the game. He got into a situation and hurt his shoulder and knee. I’m not ready to play at this speed.
Couturier has not played since December 2021. Last season, he underwent back surgery in his February and was knocked out for the rest of the year. He appeared to be fully ready to return from this season, but he felt pain in his back just days before training camp. As a result, a second operation was performed in late October..
Two and a half weeks ago, after participating in the Flyers’ morning skating, The couturier explains why he wants to return this season.
After Saturday morning’s skating, the couturier was visibly shaken.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “I’ve been working hard all year to put myself in a situation where I can play again. No. I’m clearly disappointed. I feel like I’ve let the team down. What is it? It’s It’s an organization,” the team decided.
“To be honest, I didn’t get much of a say. I was just trying to go out, prove myself, practice hard, go fast. I felt really good. But , I think it’s in me. I might not agree with it now, but it might be beneficial in the long run in the future. Time will tell.”
The 2019-20 Selke Trophy winner is an important player and faces the franchise. Put under the microscope over last season’s injury issues.
“I appreciate it. I understand where they came from,” said the couturier. , I have to look at it from above. It’s kind of tough on morale.”
The Flyers have eight games left in the 2022-23 season, missing the playoffs for the third year in a row.
“I just want to be part of this reconstruction,” said the couturier. “I just don’t want to be the guy who comes in when everything is going well. I want to overcome the ups and downs, grow as a team, and be part of it.
“I think that’s where we build character and grow as a team. Adversity can be good too. It’s been a while. I’ve had adversity on the ice, but it’s a different thing on the ice. That’s probably what I miss the most.” I think it’s important for everyone to grow together as a team, and I just want to be a part of that.
“I just wanted to get a chance to prove myself. It’s been a long road, with a lot of ups and downs. I felt really good and thought I had finally gotten over the hump. I wish I had had the opportunity.” I just want to prove myself and help the team.”
Tortorella thanked the couturier for being upset with the decision.
“I want the players to do that,” the head coach said. situation.
“I think we dealt with it the right way. Coutts is getting worse, but I love it because I think that’s why he’s a player. Will have to eat it and I think that will help him get more. When he starts again with us he will be ready for some pretty intense camping coming up here.
When the Flyers kick off the 2023-24 regular season in October, the couturier will go almost 22 months without playing an NHL game.
“I have already started summer training. I started early,” the couturier said with a laugh. “I think it’s the mental side of the game that’s going to be tough all summer long. Thinking about camp, making sure there’s still camp and questioning myself. What can I do? “I’m going to do whatever it takes.” “I’m in the best position to be successful. I’m sure I’ll be back to being the player I was at some point, whether it’s the same or a little later than I was before I entered camp. I’m just It has to be a challenge. Stay focused and positive and just keep working.
“I’m definitely going there to prove something. It’s been nearly two years that I haven’t played in the NHL.”
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