Flyers G Niittymaki suffers torn labrum during practice
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said an MRI confirmed the tear and the team forwarded the results to a doctor in Tennessee to determine if surgery is necessary.
"We won't know if surgery is necessary until [Wednesday] afternoon," Clarke said. "If surgery is necessary, it will be six to eight weeks before he is back playing."
The 26-year-old Niittymaki had a stellar rookie season with the Flyers with a 23-15-6 record and 2.97 goals-against average. The 23 victories tied for third among rookie goaltenders and were the most by a Flyers netminder since Ron Hextall notched 37 victories during the 1986-87 season.
In two seasons with the Flyers, Niittymaki, a former member of Finland's national team, has compiled a 26-15-6 record, 2.84 GAA and .899 save percentage in 49 regular-season games. Niittymaki, who had surgery on his right hip following last season, was competing with Robert Esche to be the Flyers' No. 1 goalie in the new season that begins next week.
Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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