According to Crossing Broad's Anthony SanFilippo, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier is expected to miss several months, if not more, due to a herniated disc in his back.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman added that both Couturier and the team are seeking another opinion to determine the full extent of the injury. Friedman reported that the pain occurred within the past few days.
Couturier only skated in 29 games last year with the same injury and required surgery in February. Couturier had 17 points in 29 games in 2021-21 and 41 points in 45 games the year before that. He last played in 80-plus games back in 2018-19, with the two seasons after that getting affected due to COVID-19.
Couturier was slated to re-join the Flyers in a top-line role in an attempt to spark a Flyers team that missed the playoffs last year.
In separate Flyers news, the team signed veteran forward Artem Anisimov to a tryout contract. Anisimov has 376 points in 771 career games, last skating in 19 games with Ottawa in 2020-21. Anisimov played with the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv last year.