WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Scott Hartnell could be back in the lineup before the Flyers wrap up this season-long, six-game road swing next week.
Hartnell will visit a doctor on Friday, hoping to receive clearance to begin skating on his surgically repaired foot on Saturday.
The Flyers are in New Jersey on Friday and visit Montreal on Saturday. With permission from the doctor, Hartnell could return as soon as next Wednesday in Pittsburgh, which would be just a shade unver 4 weeks since undergoing surgery.
Hartnell, 30, fractured the big toe on his left foot on Jan. 22 against the Devils after taking two separate shots hit his skate. Surgery was performed on Jan. 25 to set and reinforce the toe. Originally limited to crutches, Hartnell’s cast was removed early last week.
Hartnell was with the Flyers on their trip through Toronto and Winnipeg. He has been wearing a walking boot to protect the toe, but has been doing more and more each day without it.
He has been exercising and riding a stationary bike without any problems.
“I’m able to walk a little bit now without the boot, which is a good sign,” Hartnell said in Winnipeg. “I’m able to do cardio and workout, so that’s been good.”
Hartnell has missed 10 straight games, his first to injury since joining the Flyers in 2007. Hartnell led the Flyers with 37 goals last season, including 16 on the power play.