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.
As for unrestricted free agent forwards still available, the list includes Marco Sturm, Jason Arnott and Petr Sykora.