After sitting out for a game and a practice over the last week, Ville Leino’s lower-body condition was starting to raise red flags. A team source told the Daily News that Leino is struggling with an injury to his surgically repaired hip; he was sustained on Feb. 15 in Tampa Bay.
Leino, 27, had the hip repaired in a detailed offseason surgery but had no ill effects this season. He spent most of last summer on crutches.
The source said Leino on Monday had an injection of synvisc, a fluid that acts as a lubrication to the hip joint, which caused him to miss practice. Leino scored his 14th goal of the season on Tuesday against Phoenix in one of his best games over the last month.
- Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News
…Uh-oh. This is obviously not a good thing. Maybe the Flyers try to pick up another forward? Or maybe some playing time for Nik Zherdev? I guess we just wait and see if Leinos hip can hold up – hopefully – until June.