Flyers G Niittymaki suffers torn labrum during practice

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender
Antero Niittymaki on Tuesday suffered a torn labrum in his left hip
during a morning practice session.

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said an MRI confirmed the tear
and the team forwarded the results to a doctor in Tennessee to
determine if surgery is necessary.

"We won't know if surgery is necessary until [Wednesday]
afternoon," Clarke said. "If surgery is necessary, it will be
six to eight weeks before he is back playing."

The 26-year-old Niittymaki had a stellar rookie season with the
Flyers with a 23-15-6 record and 2.97 goals-against average.
The 23 victories tied for third among rookie goaltenders and
were the most by a Flyers netminder since Ron Hextall notched 37
victories during the 1986-87 season.

In two seasons with the Flyers, Niittymaki, a former member of
Finland's national team, has compiled a 26-15-6 record, 2.84
GAA and .899 save percentage in 49 regular-season games.

Niittymaki, who had surgery on his right hip following last season, was competing with Robert Esche to be the Flyers' No. 1 goalie in the new season that begins next week.

The Flyers recalled goaltender Martin Houle from their AHL
affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. He was expected to be
available for Tuesday's home preseason game against the
Washington Capitals.

Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.