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Lecavalier leaves Ottawa; Out 3-4 weeks

Flyers injured center returns to Philly during road trip

Sunday, 12.08.2013 / 5:15 PM / News
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Lecavalier leaves Ottawa; Out 3-4 weeks
Lecavalier leaves Ottawa: Flyers injured center returns to Philly during road trip

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren held a conference call with reporters on Sunday evening to discuss Vinny Lecavalier's injury.

He announced that Lecavalier will be out of the line-up for 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.

"He had an x-ray in Dallas and we found something on the x-ray that didn't look right. [We] got him back to Philadelphia this morning just to get him back in our own doctor's hands and he had an MRI… We found a non-displaced fracture in his lower-back. We're going to treat it when we can as aggressively as we have to right now. We told him to rest for a few days to get some of the discomfort out and we'll go from there."

Holmgren also added that the Flyers will likely make a recall from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms by Monday night's game at Ottawa, rather than look outside the organization.

"I would say we probably going to get by as is. [Lecavalier] does play a big role on our team. It's hard to go out and replace a guy like that. You just have to hope other guys pick it up. There's opportunity for other guys to perform now."

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UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren gave the following injury update with regards to center Vincent Lecavalier, early Sunday morning.

"Vinny Lecavalier skated yesterday (Dec. 7) in Dallas. It is the team's decision this morning for Lecavalier to return to Philadelphia for further evaluation by our medical staff. It is undecided if he will join the team in Chicago."

Lecavalier has been out of the lineup for the last three games (Minnesota, Detroit & Dallas) with back spasms, after scoring the deciding goal in the Flyers' 3-2 shootout win at Nashville on Nov. 30.

He leads the team on the power-play with five goals and is tied for the team lead in overall goals (9), and tied for third in points (14) in 22 games.

In other injury news, defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who did not play in the third period of Saturday's game in Dallas, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

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