The Flyers are still waiting on some good news.
Despite early reports that veteran forward Simon Gagne may begin skating on Friday, just seven days after having a screw inserted into his fractured toe — the latest evaluations have delayed his on-ice activity.
“Simon Gagne had a MRI on his right foot today,” Paul Holmgren said in a press release. “While the study showed signs of healing, Simon is still listed as out indefinitely. Simon will continue to do his off-ice conditioning and rehab.”
Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.
When Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement that forward Ian Laperriere was expected to be in the lineup when the Flyers began the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a sigh of relief came sweeping over the city of Philadelphia.
But an old enemy has emerged.
The Flyers have been uncharacteristically healthy in the post season — that is until Wednesday. According to the team, both Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will miss Thursday’s game five against the New Jersey Devils with right foot injuries. The Flyers lead the series 3-1.
“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game,” GM Paul Holmgren told Kevin Kurz. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”
The Flyers found themselves celebrating a Pyrrhic victory on Tuesday after defeating the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Shortly after the contest, the team learned that forward Simon Gagne had suffered a lower body injury and according to CSN’s John Boruk, a source said “It doesn’t look good.”
Chris Pronger made his presence felt in a big way during his first season with the Flyers — and the team awarded him accordingly. The 16-year veteran took home the Bobby Clarke Award as the Flyers’ most valuable player. He also snagged the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s top defensemen.
Pronger is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career by tallying 10 goals and 45 assists in 81 games. He also leads the team in plus/minus with a plus-22 rating.