Couturier Still Day-to-Day with Concussion
PHILADELPHIA — Sean Couturier still has that toothless grin when he does something well on the ice.
Tuesday morning he was all smiles just to be on the ice.
It was the second time he skated with his teammates since last Wednesday when former Flyer Zac Rinaldo knocked him out of the game, concussing him on a hit that somehow didn't garner supplemental discipline from the NHL's department of player safety.
"It’s not my decision, not my judgment call," said Couturier, who did not play against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. "No, I don’t agree, but there’s nothing I can do."
Rinaldo drilled Couturier along the boards with two seconds left in the first period and the puck in the middle of the ice. He left the game and didn't return and briefly skated with the Flyers Friday before taking part in Tuesday's morning skate.
"No, I never saw him. I was more worried about the guy on my back (Adam McQuaid)," Couturier said. "I thought he would run me over. The puck was coming along the boards and I redirected it in the middle and kind of braced myself for the guy on my back and the next thing I know I got hit right in the head."
Rinaldo sent Couturier a text message, apologizing for the hit and Couturier responded, saying he would be all right.
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