Takeaway for the first day of bootcamp: the will test

No regulations were implemented on the first day of Flyers training camp. No combat training or confrontation practice. In fact, there were no balls on the ice at all. The first day of the camp was entirely devoted to ski tests.

The Flyers were divided into four groups, numbered with letters A through D. They skated for 15 minutes with a rope between the nets to prevent anyone from taking a shortcut in front. After a short respite, they spent the rest of the session skating on the goal line until goal line suicides, four players at a time.

None of this came as a surprise to the players. New coach John Tortorella sent them a message before camp, stating that camp would be taxing and would be ready. Tell the players that skating tests will take place on the first day and that there will be plenty of skating throughout the camp.

For many players, Thursday’s session was the first bootcamp in their memory as there were no disc drills on opening day. New defenseman Tony D’Angelo He was among those who said they had never experienced such a first day of camp in their memory at any level of hockey. However, players who have played under Tortorella before – test center Artem Anisimov, for example – said they had done the same before under “Torts”.

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mental test

Thursday’s ski test wasn’t about which guys are the fastest runners on their skis. Instead, it was a measure of endurance and mental toughness. Tortorella said his only expectation is for players to finish all reps no matter how smooth or painful it is to do so. He was watching each player intently, urging and urging them to dig deep into their energy reserves and keep their feet up.

Everyone finished repetitions, which pleased the coach.

“For them, it’s a physical test. But for me, it’s a mental test,” Tortorella said, adding that the infernal session was not intended to be punitive. Aside from showing the individual design, the fact that everyone has to go through it as a group is good for building the unit.

“It’s not just about banging our chests and burying them,” Tortorella said. “We want to test them, and that develops a camaraderie. They kind of look at you and say ‘You’re not going to get to me.'” “This is the kind of behavior we are trying to develop. It is a will.”

The session was elaborate for many. defense potential Mason Millman Several other players, veterans and younger players alike, were in particularly tough condition, but started to slow down noticeably after a few laps around the rink. The burning legs and faces soon appeared forcing the body to continue even in a glimmer.

There were some players who Tortorella wasn’t sure they could finish the match.

Tortorella said, “I went to Nick Desloriers. He was ugly as hell. But he never stopped and finished. As long as the end was there. It’s mental toughness.”

despite Cam Atkinson He spent six seasons playing with Tortorella in Columbus and knew all too well how taxing day one skating was, and was among the many players who quickly leaned on his cane or leaned on the bench between the cast. He had a lot of company in feeling session burn, both within his skating group – like Scott Lawton – And the team in general.

With the past few suicides, every player was understandably tired, even the likes of highly conditioned people Ivan Provorov. However, Provorov was one of a handful of players who looked like they could have gone on looking for more reps if the coach asked for it. players like James Van RimsdijkAnd the Kevin Hayes And the Nick Seller He also showed remarkable stamina during both halves of the skate.

Injury updates

In between the first (Group D) and second (Group C) skateboarding tests, Flyers’ general manager and head of hockey operations, Chuck Fletcher, spoke to the media on a range of topics: proving the team’s skeptics and critics wrong. Status of negotiations with a free defense agent and an unrestricted check Travis SanheimOpportunities for young players, goalkeeper depth behind Carter Hart and more.

However, the most pressing issue was the provision of infection updates. Fletcher noted the following developments:

* Sean Couturier A specialist visited on Thursday to further assess the injury he sustained last week in the vicinity of where he underwent back surgery last season. After that, a treatment plan will be outlined and an approximate schedule for the possible absence of players will be established. Fletcher said the injury did not occur in a training session last week, but that it caught on during normal daily activities and worsened afterwards.

* There was bad news in Ryan Ellis. The veteran defender, who made just four appearances last season due to chronic “multi-layered” problems in his midfield, has not made any noticeable progress over the summer. He has been off the field indefinitely, and Fletcher said he does not expect Ellis to play in 2022-23. The player suffers from a rupture of the lumbar muscle with interconnected problems in the pelvic region, hips and hips.

* Patrick Brown He underwent back surgery. It is considered from week to week in this stage.

* Joel Farabi He was approved for (off-season neck surgery) due to non-contact exercises and is rapidly progressing in his recovery. The player may be able to return in October.

* Bobby Brink Now nine weeks after surgery for a hip injury. He’s defrosting at the Flyers Training Center. The next stage will be the return to skating. Brink is still on the preliminary estimate target path to return to play in late December or early January.

– Ryan Fitzgerald, Phantom striker, sustained a lower body injury prior to camp and will be out for one to two weeks.

Farabi expresses optimism

Farabi joined his colleagues in a brawl before the camp. He was involved in some unintended contacts with both Fletcher but did not suffer any ill effects. Farabi said the initial neck injury occurred while he was doing a warm-up session on the bench press in the gym with relatively light weights. He felt a strange sensation in his neck and then the discomfort spread down his arm.

After undergoing the same cervical disc replacement surgery that NHL star Jack Eichel underwent last season, Farabi is quickly starting to feel better and his rehabilitation is going according to plan.

Regarding Thursday’s skating test, Farabi said, “Skating was tough but it’s hard to play in the NHL.”

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