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Flyers Daily: Artem Anisimov Back with Torts; Nolan Patrick Likely to Miss Season

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Center Artem Anisimov celebrates a goal he scored for Ottawa. He is trying to earn a spot with the Philadelphia Flyers while on a PTO deal.

Artem Anisimov is back with John Tortorella, his coach when the center broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers.

The Flyers signed the 34-year-old center to a professional tryout contract (PTO) Monday. A short time later, the team announced that Sean Couturier was out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

It sounds as if Couturier, whose injury seems related to his February back surgery, will miss significant time. If he does, that could open the door for Anisimov, who was a Rangers second-round pick in 2006..

Anisimov, a 6-foot-3, 198-pound Russian, scored 12, 18, and 16 goals, respectively, when he played for Tortorella’s Rangers from 2009-10 to 2011-12. He later played for Columbus (before Tortorella was there), Chicago and Ottawa.

Last season, he returned to Russia’s KHL and had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 27 games.

In 771 NHL games, he has 180 goals and and 376 points. Anisimov has earned nearly $39 million in his NHL career, per Puckpedia.

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Philly Hockey Now: Call it Bombshell Monday. Three days before training camp, the Flyers announced that Sean Couturier is injured again. It sounds like it’s his back and that he will miss a lot of time. Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers announced their roster and schedule for training camp, which starts Thursday. Without their best players on offense (Couturier) and defense (Ryan Ellis). Can you say snakebitten franchise? Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now: Former Flyers Claude Giroux was named an alternate captain for Ottawa. My story.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers added yet more muscle, signing winger Antoine Roussel to a PTO. Philadelphia Flyers.

Vegas Hockey Now: Former Flyers center Nolan Patrick’s health problems haven’t ended, and his season may be over before it even starts. The poor guy can’t catch a break. Vegas Golden Knights. 

New York Islanders Now: GM Lou Lamoriello explains why he didn’t hand out any professional tryout contracts. New York Islanders. 

Boston Hockey Now: David Krejci is excited to be back with the B’s. Boston Bruins.

Detroit Hockey Now: Sebastian Cosso, 19, a 6-foot-6 goalie who was a first-round draft pick last year, is opening eyes in Detroit. Detroit Red Wings.

San Jose Hockey Now: Defenseman Nick Cicek has found his offensive game, and he will battle for a spot with the Sharks. San Jose Sharks.

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JT Puck

WOW..I got a real headache keeping up with the antics of Nolan Patrick. When will it end? His antics…my headache isn’t going anywhere.

SpectrumSection51

What? You mean Nolan Patrick will be sitting around for the whole season and collecting his $1.5 million? No, it can’t be. Look up the name Todd Bergen from the Flyers past. Migraines? Uh-huh. This guy doesn’t want to play pro hockey.

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