Philadelphia Flyers' forward, Wayne Simmonds, was benched during the Feb. 2, game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Simmonds sustained a concussion after being elbowed to the face by another player. It happened during the Feb. 1, game, against the Washington Capitals.
Paul Holmgren, the general manager for the Flyers, said there is no timeline for Simmonds' return to the lineup.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, "It's disappointing, we certainly could use him in the lineup right now. His ability to score, his physical presence, the roles and situations and the minutes that he plays on our team, we'll miss him."
The offending player Washington Capitals defenseman, John Erskine, elbowed Simmonds in the face, late in the first period of Friday's 3-2 loss game.
The hit caused Simmonds' concussion and forced Simmonds' out of the game. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the NHL suspended Erskine for three games for the injury Simmonds' sustained.
Simmonds' is replaced by rookie forward, Tye McGinn.