Flyers winger Scott Hartnell, who scored a career-high 37 goals last season, will miss four to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, GM Paul Holmgren said on Thursday.
The loss is more crippling than normal because of the shortened 48-game season.
Former Flyer Mike Knuble will return to the team, a source sad. He will play this weekend in Florida and Tampa Bay. He was with AHL Grand Rapids, the Red Wings' affiliate.
Holmgren will also explore the trade market.