With the Flyers staring down the barrel of post season elimination, forward Simon Gagne, just 13 days removed from foot surgery, has advanced his on-ice work outs which could also move up the timetable for his return to game action.
According to multiple media sources, Gagne was seen skating on a line with Mike Richards and Dan Carcillo on Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Recent reports had him active as early as game 5, but now, barring a clean MRI prior to Friday’s game, Gagne could see action as soon as that night in game 4.
“I didn’t skate for two weeks and it’s a process,” said Gagne in a media scrum after practice on Thursday. “We’re going to take it one day at a time.”
Gagne, 30, suffered a broken toe in game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. A screw was surgically placed in the toe to accelerate healing.
The Flyers trail the Bruins in the best-of-seven series, 3-0, with game 4 on Friday at the Wachovia Center.