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Flyers’ Rasmus Ristolainen put on IR; updates on Cam York, Linus Sandin

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Rasmus Ristolainen, Philadelphia Flyers

For the Flyers. the injury news keeps getting worse.

Rasmus Ristolainen, the Flyers’ most physical defenseman, was placed on the Injured Reserve list, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced before Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh.

The Flyers now have 11 players sidelined by injuries: Ristolainen, Sean Couturier, Ryan Ellis, Kevin Hayes, Joel Farabee, Nate Thompson, Wade Allison, Patrick Brown, Derick Brassard, Gerry Mayhew, and Samuel Morin.

Yeah, it’s been that type of season.

Ristolainen, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, suffered an unspecified upper-body injury Feb. 8 against Detroit. While on the IR list, he can be replaced on the roster by a player from the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Earlier in the day, assistant general manager Brent Flahr said defenseman Cam York was day to to day and right winger Linus Sandin would miss three to four weeks. Both are playing with the Phantoms and have upper-body injuries.

York may return to the lineup Saturday against visiting Utica. He and Sandin have missed the last two games after being injured in Friday’s 6-3 win over Hershey

It wouldn’t be surprising if York soon joins the Flyers after playing another game or two with Lehigh Valley. Sandin is expected to get a look-see with the Flyers when healthy later in the season.

York, 21, has played 13 games with the Flyers (three points) and 25 games with the Phantoms (nine points) this season.

Sandin, 25, has six goals and 14 points this season with Lehigh Valley, and he was pointless in one game with the Flyers.

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Steve Riccio

Sam, how much are these injuries a coincidence vs. some deep rooted issues in the strength & conditioning area of the organization? I know Scott and Fletcher said this area would be closely reviewed. Would love your take. Maybe a future article. Thanks.

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