Simon Gagne Has Laser Eye Surgery, Other Notes

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IMay 7, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 21:  Simon Gagne #12 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs  at the Wachovia Center on April 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 3-1 to take a three games to one lead in the series.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers winger Simon Gagne had laser eye surgery this past Tuesday to correct his vision. Yesterday, Gagne, 29, said everything went perfect.

Ggane went through the procedure known as PRK which stands for photorefractive keratectomy. He said it was becoming annoying to wear contacts while playing hockey this season especially. Gagne said he has had contacts for three years or so.

Gagne went on to say that he was having issues with seeing things from a distance. The surgery he got required zero cutting should correct his vision problems and could see perfectly after a couple weeks according to the Flyer veteran.

"My eyes were very sensitive and I was always having to put drops in, so I decided to go ahead and get this done," Gagne said.

Coming off a year where his career was in question with a season ending concussion in the 07-08 season, Gagne came back this season netting 34 goals totaling 74 points. With the surgery, Gagne added that maybe he can add 10 or more goals to his total next season. Well, according to his doctor anyway.

Other injury notes:

Randy Jones will have an exploratory procedure on his hip within the next week or two then the doctors will decide what needs to be done following the results of the procedure.

Hartnell most dirty?

Scott Hartnell was named one of the dirtiest players in the NHL, according to the latest SI players poll. In a poll of 324 players, Hartnell finished fifth.

“I will take it. I guess any press is good press," he said. "If the players are talking about me, I think that’s a good thing.”

"I think I just play the game hard and I guess after the whistles and stuff is where I get the bad name," Hartnell added.

Gagne Quote: Sam Carchidi(