Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/11/07 at 09:13 AM ET
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje said he wants to see how he fares in exhibition games before anyone decides how much missing six months of last season affects his ability to perform.
As for the Flyers’ predicament of fitting Rathje onto the roster and under the salary cap, Rathje said he completely understands Holmgren’s concerns.
“He told me what he had to do (by adding Timonen and Smith) and I understand that,” Rathje said. “He was shocked when I told him after the surgery that I wanted to come back. But he never discouraged me. He told me straight up if I’m healthy I’d play.
“We both have an understanding. If I can help the team he’s going to do what he has to do (to fit his salary under the cap). If I can’t play and be healthy I won’t be playing.”
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