Feisty defenseman Radko Gudas will miss the World Cup because of a wrist injury, but the Flyers hope he is ready for the Oct. 14 season-opener in Los Angeles.

The World Cup will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, and Gudas was one of three Flyers on Team Czech Republic, along with right winger Jake Voracek and goalie Michal Neuvirth.

In a statement, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Gudas was injured doing some off-season training and will be evaluated on a week- to-week basis. "We are hopeful and optimistic he will not miss any regular-season games," Hextall said.

Gudas, 26, signed a four-year, $13.4 million extension in June.

The Flyers enter the season with seven veteran defensemen, and Ivan Provorov is among the rookies trying to earn a roster spot. If Provorov wins a spot in camp, Andrew MacDonald could start the season with the AHL's Phantoms.

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