Roenick out for the Year?

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– Flyers center Jeremy Roenick could miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his jaw in a victory over the New York Rangers.

The All-Star had surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York today, a day after he was hit in the face with a puck, leaving him bloodied on the ice and briefly unconscious.

“He will miss significant time,” coach Ken Hitchcock said after today’s practice. “I don’t think anyone knows the exact time. It’ll certainly be a lot longer than 2-3 weeks. We’ll see how he feels in the next week or so.”

Roenick, Philadelphia’s second-leading scorer, was hurt early in the third period last night when a puck struck him on a shot by the Rangers’ Boris Mironov.

“His jaw was broken pretty significantly and his laceration is pretty significant,” Hitchcock said.

The Flyers, who are tied with Colorado for most points in the NHL, also lost All-Star center Keith Primeau less than a minute after Roenick was hurt.

Primeau was injured after a collision with the Rangers’ Bobby Holik. But Hitchcock said Primeau felt better today and could return for tomorrow’s home game against the Rangers.

“this news will probably force Clarke to make a deal”