Some good news on the horizon.
An MRI on Monday showed that Flyers’ forward Ian Laperriere is fully healthy and is expected to be available to play at some point during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
“Ian was cleared for contact today, but it’s a situation where he wasn’t able to do a whole lot,” said general manager Paul Holmgren during a press conference on Monday.
“They (the doctors) weren’t going to let him back unless he was cleared. I think it’s possible (he will play) at some point.”
The 36-year-old Montreal native, who suffered a brain contusion and concussion in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after taking a slap shot to the face, participated in a non-contact practice on Sunday and again on Monday.
“Hockey players live to play hockey this time of year, so I’m sure they are both champing at the bit,” said Holmgren, addressing Laperriere and Jeff Carter’s injury progress. “The question is re they healthy enough to play and are they fit enough. If they are fit enough they will be options for the coaches.”
Laperriere was expected to miss the rest of the season after doctors discovered a spot on his brain while testing for a concussion. However, the spot has since cleared and Laperriere has said he feels healthy and ready to go.