Flyers place Joel Farabee on injured reserve; call back Wade Allison

As the Flyers seek a record 10-game losing streak, they will be without Joel Farabee for a long time. Friday afternoon, Farabee and Kevin Hayes were placed on injured reserve, forcing the Flyers to recall Wade Allison and Jackson Cates.

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Hayes was already out prior to the announcement, although he was not on IR. He had fluid drained from his adductor area on Tuesday. The Flyers expect him to be out for three to four weeks, although interim coach Mike Yeo said Hayes told him he thought he could return sooner. It’s the third time Hayes has been out this season.

The news about Farabee was news. Farabee suffered a shoulder injury Dec. 1 and was placed on the disabled list Dec. 9. He returned Dec. 18 and scored a goal before the NHL closed for the holidays. Upon his return, he continued a streak, scoring six points in six games.

On Tuesday, Farabee took a heavy hit against the New York Islanders. He played Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets where Yeo said he suffered another injury. Yeo wasn’t 100% sure if the new injury was related to the one he suffered in December, but he doesn’t think the team brought him back too soon.

“I would say there are times when maybe a particular type of injury would be a concern, if a player came back too soon,” Yeo said. “I know with that specific injury, I think everyone felt pretty comfortable that Joel was ready to come back. And obviously he played a lot of hockey and played really good hockey for us while he was there for us.

Farabee has played 11 games and has four goals and eight points between IR stints and has 11 goals and 18 points overall.

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Heading into the 2021-22 season, Wade Allison was expected to be part of the NHL roster. Those hopes were dashed when he injured his ankle at rookie camp.

Allison spent months in rehab, but when he returned Dec. 1, he was assigned to the AHL to play for the Phantoms and regain his conditioning. Unfortunately, he suffered an elbow in December and missed more time. In seven AHL games this season, Allison has three goals and four points.

While the scoreline was a good sign, Yeo said it was even more important for Allison to get back into the game from a physical and mental standpoint. Allison had the chance to regain some of her fitness and timing as well as learn the Flyers’ system as Ian Laperriere runs the same with the Phantoms.

Yeo hopes the new faces will help give the team a spark.

“Obviously I haven’t scored many goals lately,” Yeo said. “He [Allison] has the ability to put a puck in the net and he too brings a bit of life. Bring a little enthusiasm. He’s going to be thrilled to play and obviously at a time when you’re fighting negative feelings, bringing in some positivity is a good thing.

Allison and Cates are scheduled to play Saturday against the Buffalo Sabers. Connor Bunnaman was then returned as an option to Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers face the Sabers Saturday at 1 p.m. in Buffalo. … With Farabee out, Yeo is still deciding who he will move to the front row, but he thinks it will be Oskar Lindblom or James van Riemsdyk. … Yeo needs to see how Carter Hart feels before deciding who will start in goal. … Derick Brassard (hip) and Tyson Foerster (shoulder) were two of the five players in optional training. Yeo said it was really good to see Foerster there. “Obviously a big part of our future here, you know, in terms of its potential and what it can be,” Yeo said. “But I also really like his attitude.”

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