NHL News: Flyers Reveal Rasmus Ristolainen Has Major Surgery

As non-playoff teams clean out their lockers and head for home, we'll continue to learn details about injury updates. In Philadelphia, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was revealed to have undergone surgery on a ruptured triceps tendon and will be out of action for three months.

The report says that the Flyers D-man is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in September. 

Ristolainen hadn't played since February, and in all, participated in 31 Flyers games this year, the worst season of his career, with just four points and a minus-6 rating.

The 29-year-old was actually a trade candidate at one point earlier in the season, before it was clear how long he would be out with his injury. 

Philly would have loved to get the defender's bloated 5-year, $25.5 million contract off the books, as it still has three years to run with a $5.1 million annual cap hit.  

Now, the Flyers will be stuck with him until, at the very least, next year's trade deadline, and they'll have to hope that the former No. 8 overall selection (2013 NHL Draft, Buffalo Sabres) can get back to 100%, and perhaps somehow recapture some of the promise he showed in Buffalo when he was regularly logging about 25 minutes a night. 

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