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from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,
Despite some skepticism from fans, media and maybe even some teammates, friends and family members, the Flyers’ Simon Gagne claims the only reason he left Thursday night’s game in the second period was because of symptoms that felt like the flu….
If there’s any connection between this situation and last year, Gagne said, it has more to do with the fatigue of the rigorous schedule right now.
“Not playing for eight months last year, coming back, and if you look at the last two weeks, it’s just hockey, day off, hockey,” Gagne said. “It’s a lot of games. I knew this year I would have some ups and downs.”
Gagne said no tests related to a concussion were performed.
“There’s no point,” he said. “I didn’t get hit. It’s just natural for people to get sick, so you don’t have to run a test for a concussion if you just get sick.’’
from Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN Blog,
“[Wednesday] was a tough day,” Briere told ESPN.com Thursday.
An MRI revealed a significant groin strain, knocking the Philadelphia Flyers forward out of the lineup until the new year.
“We found out exactly what the problem was and we found out I’ll be out another 4-5 weeks,” Briere said. “It’s very frustrating. It feels like I’m letting the fans down, my teammates, the coaches, the whole organization.
“But I can’t control it. It is what it is. I have to move on. I did my pouting [Wednesday] and now it’s time to get back to work. I need to rehab and get ready to come back in 4-5 weeks and be at the top of my game.”
more and some Ducks talk too…
from Tim Panaccio at CSN Philly,
Both Gagne and general manager Paul Holmgren denied after the game he was concussed. Gagne said he had either the flu or a stomach virus, since he has been experiencing digestion problems for two days. Holmgren said Gagne was dehydrated and that’s all.
Gagne, like another famous Flyer, Keith Primeau, suffered multiple concussions last season and has experienced post-concussion syndrome.
Neurological experts say anyone who has suffered from post-concussion syndrome can experience concussion symptoms many months or even years later because they have suffered multiple brain trauma.
In other words, Gagne could have concussion symptoms without being hit or incurring an injury in a game.
from the Delco Times,
Scottie Upshall didn’t think he was going to be penalized for his check on Tampa Bay’s Evgeni Artyukhin, but the morning after being slapped with a major penalty and a game misconduct, Upshall found himself talking to NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell.
Upshall wasn’t suspended, or even fined, but he was given a stern talking to by Campbell who is on a mission to take dangerous hits and eradicate them from the league entirely.
“I’m glad I’m not suspended, but I definitely don’t think I should have been kicked out of the game,” Upshall said. “(Campbell) wanted me to try my best to let up on guys who are in a vulnerable position and that’s what I try to do. He said we’re not going to suspend you, but we’re trying to crack down on these hits….”
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers said yesterday that high-scoing center Danny Briere will miss four or five weeks because of a “significant” groin strain.
They also said the injury had nothing to do with rushing him back to action.
Maybe. But something sure looks fishy.
Earlier this season, Briere had abdominal surgery and missed six games. He then returned to the lineup much quicker than expected, played two games and suffered a groin strain. Originally, the club said the groin injury was not related to the abdominal problem.
Yesterday, Briere said doctors told him the injuries WERE related.
via On The Fly at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
Flyers center Danny Briere will be sidelined for the next four-to-five weeks with a groin strain, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Briere left last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay after the second period. Prior to that game, he had missed the 14 of the previous 16 games with various injuries.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Scott Hartnell was tired. He couldn’t catch Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, who was closing in on Flyers goalie Marty Biron. So he did the first thing that came to mind.
He threw his glove at Malone, giving the Lightning veteran a penalty shot with 16 seconds remaining in a tie game.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
...In short, the player whom his teammates call “Carts” is blossoming into one of the NHL’s best two-way players.
“You see guys that have the ingredients that Jeff has, but never in the same person,” winger Mike Knuble said. “It’s always somebody who has the big shot, somebody who can fly up and down the ice, somebody who’s a great defender. He combines all of that. He gets matched up against the top players; he can do it all. Whatever you need at a certain point in the game, he seems to be able to deliver.”
“The sky is the limit for Jeff,” coach John Stevens said. “He has the skill set that’s conducive to scoring a lot of goals. He’s near the top of the league in shots. He skates well enough to get separation to get offensive opportunities, and he’s got a shot that can beat goalies from distance.”
Carter, from London, Ontario, is part of a deep 2003 draft that Holmgren said “may go down as the greatest ever.”
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But if you don’t see Briere in the lineup today for the Flyers’ 1 p.m. matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s because Flyers coach John Stevens wants to be absolutely certain his star center is completely healed from the left groin strain that has sidelined him for seven games.
“Danny’s feeling better, but I’d say he is doubtful for (today),” Stevens said Thursday after putting his team through a brief on-ice workout. “We need to be careful here. He thinks he can play, but we don’t want him to feel any hesitation.”
With a game Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Stevens sounded hesitant to pencil Briere into today’s lineup.
“There’s the concern of a little fatigue, and we don’t want to make him susceptible to reinjury,” Stevens said. “These athletes are real competitive, and sometimes it’s our job to hold them back for their own good.”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
When the Flyers head off on their post-Christmas road trip, there is a very good chance they will have both of their injured defensemen back and on the plane.
Randy Jones and Ryan Parent - both out since training camp recovering from surgery, Jones a hip repair and Parent a shoulder - were back practicing with the Flyers yesterday and moving toward December return dates.
Both are still working under restricted status, but they are getting closer to full participation. Both have moved back into their stalls in the practice facility locker room.
Jones is hoping to play before Christmas and the plan for Parent is for him to play Dec. 26 in Chicago.
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