Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne will miss a significant amount of time with two hernias in his right groin as general manager Paul Holmgren revealed on Tuesday. No decision has been made on whether he'll undergo surgery, but he'll be out an indefinitely.
Bucks County Times Flyers beat writer Wayne Fish reported prior to the official announcement that Gagne may require season ending hernia surgery, and that the Flyers were "contemplating" placing him on injured reserve.
The 29-year-old didn't see a lot of ice time in the third period of Sunday night's 4-1 loss to San Jose, and didn't practice on Monday. He had an ultrasound done, which showed the hernias.
Gagne was off to the slowest start of his career, potting only one goal in nine games; a power play tally in Saturday's 5-1 victory against Florida.
Lower-body injuries have plagued Gagne in the past four years as he has had three surgeries on either his groin or hip, including off-season hip surgery. Holmgren said that this is a new injury, and isn't related to any previous injury. The winger has missed 76 games in the last four years.
Gagne pulled his groin on the first day of Team Canada's Orientation Camp, but was ready for the start of the season. It has been bothering him all season, however.
Last year, Gagne scored 34 goals in his comeback season after missing 57 games in the 2008-09 season with multiple concussions.
If surgery is required, Gagne will be placed on IR.
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