After being shut down for three months due to the NHL’s drug policy, one of the league’s star players is back on the ice.
Ahead of the Flyers’ game against the Capitals on Saturday, forward Scott Laughton posted a tweet that read, “I’m back on ice and ready to roll.”
Laughton, the Flyers first-round pick (11th overall) in 2014, has been cleared to play after suffering an undisclosed injury last month in a fight with another teammate.
Laughtons absence, along with that of winger Anthony Stolarz, left the Flyers without a consistent scorer behind Stolarzy, who scored five goals in 16 games this season.
After missing most of the season due to a broken collarbone and concussion, Stolarzes injury caused the Flyers to lose four players in the first round, including goalie Carter Hutton, and the Flyers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Flyers lost the second round to the Colorado Avalanche, who also lost goalie Oliver Kylington.
The team had a chance to extend its playoff hopes with a win over the Capitals, who lost goalie Niklas Backstrom, forward Alexey Marchenko, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, defenseman Sean Couturier, defenseman Brian Campbell, and forward Brayden Schenn, who signed with the Flyers on Monday.