The Philadelphia Flyers had a mediocre season from middle six forward Matt Read during the 2015-16 campaign, as he put up 11 goals and 26 points across 79 games in the regular season.
Now, he’ll spend part of the offseason recovering from surgery.
The Flyers confirmed on Friday that Read underwent surgery on his thumb yesterday, and will be out of commission for the next four weeks. That puts him back on the ice by mid to late July, with more than enough time before training camp will begin to get himself back into shape.
Per general manager Ron Hextall, the procedure was a ‘clean-up’ procedure, so don’t expect this to have any serious setbacks. Read should be ready to go in more than enough time to get back on the ice before the season begins, so he shouldn’t have to miss any actual time due to the surgery.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Read – a native of Ilderton, Ontario – took a unique path to the pros. Although he is a Canadian native, the 30-year-old forward played in the USHL before opting to skate for Bemidji State University for four years. He first went pro with the Flyers in 2011, and has remained in the team’s system ever since. He is currently on year three of a four season contract that pays out $3.625 million per season; hopefully, that will come with one of his sporadic 20-goal seasons next year.