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Flyers’ Cam Atkinson to have season-ending neck surgery

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t had many things go their way this fall and John Tortorella’s squad suffered another setback on Tuesday.

Cam Atkinson has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2022-23 season due to a neck injury, the team announced Tuesday. Atkinson is set for surgery on Wednesday which will sideline him until next summer.

The 33-year-old has not played at all this season due to his neck injury, keeping one of Tortorella’s key players out of the lineup. Atkinson scored 23 goals and registered 27 assists for 50 total points last season in his first year with the Flyers after spending the prior 10 years with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Atkinson is signed through 2025, with a cap hit of $5.875 million per season. He is one of several veteran players out of the Flyers squad with captain Sean Couturier and defenseman Ryan Ellis also on the sidelines.

Key center Kevin Hayes recently returned to the lineup on Tuesday after being benched by Tortorella in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers. The Flyers have only 10 victories this season and are seventh in the eight-team Metropolitan Division standings.

They rank 30th out of 32 teams in goals scored this season (77).

The Flyers will next face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes in back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday before entering a three-day holiday break given to all NHL teams.

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