According to, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins had complications develop with his recently-healed broken right arm and will be sidelined for the duration of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Desjardins, who had a plate surgically implanted into his forearm and only recently returned to action after missing almost two months of action.

General manager Bob Clarke said that the defender’s “plate in his arm broke while playing catch with his son.” Desjardins is scheduled for bone graft surgery and a new plate placed over the graft this coming Friday.

This development leaves Philadelphia with six defenders to play, as youngster Dennis Seidenberg continues to recover from a broken leg. This also ensures that youngster Joni Pitkanen will see as much playoff action as possible, as coach Ken Hitch¢ock was planning on sitting him for at least the first game of the imminent New Jersey series.

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