Couturier is likely to start training camp with an upper body injury.

Couturier is likely to start training camp with an upper body injury.

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Sean Couturier He will miss the start of Philadelphia Flyers training camp due to an upper body injury.

The 29-year-old center hasn’t played since Dec. 18 last season and had back surgery on Feb. 11. Couturier On September 12 Philadelphia said he was “feeling good” when training camp began Thursday and is expected to participate.

The flyer said Couturier is week-to-week and will be reevaluated during camp.

“It’s been a long recovery,” Couturier said. “(It) took longer than I thought, a lot of ups and downs, but now I’m feeling good and ready to go. I’m excited to go again.”

The Flyers were 12-12-5 (.500 fielding percentage) in 29 games with Couturier last season. They scored an average of 2.66 goals per game and scored 3.17 goals per game. Without him, they were 13-34-6 (.302), averaging 2.51 goals per game while allowing 3.81 goals per game.

Couturier was a first-round pick (No. 8) by Philadelphia in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 460 points (180 goals, 280 assists) in 721 regular season games and 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimmelman contributed to this report.



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