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Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere Discusses Effects Of Rough Season

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Shayne Gostisbehere was expecting a much better season than he experienced last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In fact, a lot of people were. Gostisbehere burst onto the scene in 2015-16 and even entered the Calder race after a historic 15-game point streak.

Gostisbehere finished the campaign with 17 goals and posted 46 points in 64 games and last season was supposed to be a bigger breakout star this season.

Despite the projections, Gostisbehere managed just seven goals and 39 points in 76 games as he battled back from hip and abdominal surgeries during the summer of 2016.

“Last season, it obviously didn’t go like my first season,” Gostisbehere said to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“You don’t get the bounces, per se, and it takes a toll on you mentally – and then you start looking for things you can change.”

Gostisbehere admitted the recovery from his injuries contributed to his down year.

“It wasn’t like I hit a switch and the injury healed. It was nothing like that,” Gostisbehere admitted.

“I think it was strictly confidence (that returned). I was put in the right situations, and that’s a big thing, too. I flourished, and I knew I was one of the best players on the ice.

When I know that, I think it really shows out there and it really helped our team, too. That’s the biggest thing for me – anything I can do, team-wise.”

Despite the drop in production, the Flyers signed Gostisbehere to a six-year. $27 million contract.

“We have a lot of young guys and we have a great group of veterans, a good core to show the young guys the way,” Gostisbehere said.

“I think it’s a big, big learning season for us obviously coming up, but again, we’re a team, and we think we can win the Stanley Cup. That’s our ultimate goal.”

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Islanders’ Waive Andrew Ladd

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The New York Islanders have placed Andrew Ladd on waivers, according to an official team announcement.

“He’s played the maximum number of conditioning games–five games” Islanders’ general manager Lou Lamoriello said.”He needs to play in games to see exactly where the strength is and where the liabilities are and so forth. So we’ll get him down, he’ll leave today to go up to Belleville and play this weekend at Belleville and Laval.

There’s no timetable. His play and physical fitness will determine that.”

Ladd, who inked a seven-year, $38.5 million contract back in 2016, has not played in a game for the Islanders this season.

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Bruins’ Zach Senyshyn Out Four Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

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Boston Bruins’ promising young forward Zach Senyshyn will miss around four weeks of action with a lower-body injury, according to a team announcement.

Senyshyn will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

In a corresponding move, the Bruins have recalled Trent Frederic from the AHL to take Senyshyn’s spot on the roster.

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby Out Six Weeks Following Surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will be out for a minimum of six weeks following core muscle surgery, according to an official team announcement.

Crosby has been dealing with a sports hernia since training camp, and the Penguins are hoping he can bounce back once he is again healthy.

Crosby, 32, tallied 17 points through the first 17 games of the season.

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