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Flyers Notes: Gagne has two hernias


Flyers Notes: Gagne has two hernias

The Flyers received bad medical news on Simon Gagne yesterday.

An ultrasound exam revealed that the Flyers’ left winger is suffering from two small hernias and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced.

General manager Paul Holmgren said the Flyers’ medical staff would meet with Gagne today to “discuss all options.” At that point, the Flyers should know how long Gagne will be sidelined.

It sounds as if surgery is forthcoming.

“That’s an option. Whether it’s the realm we go, I’m not sure,” Holmgren said before last night’s 4-2 loss to the Capitals.

Holmgren said Gagne’s hernias were not related to off-season hip surgery or to the groin problems he experienced in the summer. He suffered a groin injury in the off-season and aggravated it during Team Canada workouts in late August.

Gagne, 29, missed the beginning of training camp – the Flyers “gave him more time than even he thought he needed,” Holmgren said – and was slow finding his form when the season started. He failed to score in his first seven games, the longest season-opening drought of his career.

The discovery of the hernias explains why Gagne hasn’t had much zip this season. He has just one goal in nine games.

With Gagne sidelined indefinitely, the Flyers will be missing three players who combined for 86 goals last year: Gagne (34), Mike Knuble (27) and Joffrey Lupul (25). Knuble signed with Washington as a free agent, and Lupul was dealt to Anaheim in the trade that brought defenseman Chris Pronger.



After a couple of seasons with the Marlies, Pogge won his first start as a Leaf, beating Atlanta 6-2 last Dec. 28. But Pogge would not win again in his next six appearances, posting a 4.36 goals-against average with Toronto.

And when the Leafs brought in Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald this summer, there simply was no room for Pogge anymore.

“(The buildup in Toronto) was a little weird at first, but you can’t let your head swell,” Pogge said. “There was a lot of hype. But I didn’t really read the papers there. I only looked at the SUNshine girl.”

Through it all, ending up in Bakersfield one day never entered his mind.

“Definitely there was a three-year plan,” said Pogge, who is 2-1 as a Condor. “I definitely wanted to be in the NHL by my third year. Maybe I’m a little bit behind but that’s life.

“There’s no pressure (in Bakersfield). And down there, I’m The Man. It teaches you patience.”

Patience definitely is a virtue for Pogge.

While recent reports suggest the Leafs might be interested in a Giguere-for-Vesa Toskala swap, Giguere’s cap hits — $6 million US this season, $7 million in 2011 — makes that a tough sell for Toronto.

So Pogge can only wait and watch. It’s a trait to which he has become accustomed.


4 Responses to NHL tidbits

  1. hockey_lover says:

    JS Giguere for Toskala?

    Thats a pretty huge upgrade.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Its definitely an upgrade, but Toskala is UFA after this year and Giguere's cap hit will be $6 million next year, so I would rather see what Gustavsson is made of for a while longer, if he looks legit, then no need to bring in that salary of JS Giguere.

  3. JoelJoel says:

    Someone call Burke!

    He could trade our 2nd in 2011, 1st in 2012, and 1st and 2nd in 2013 for Giggy.

    Sounds like a solid trade to me!

  4. number15 says:

    foget JSGiguire and forget Brian Campbel…. Leafs have already been set back in terms of draft picks, now u wanna getinto salary troublw too?

    7 million for Giggy?….. 7 million for Campbel?

    if Burke does this trade i guarantee he would be in the hot seat in Toronto. With all the picks traded, atleast he has ALOT of money to play with next offseason. why lose that too.

    plus Gustavson is looking great

    DUMB trades!

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