The one word Philadelphia Flyers fans don't want to hear is: concussion. This word has rang drastically true for this organization over the years. Players such as Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau, and last season Simon Gagne have been attacked by this horrible condition and hit hard by it.
Simon Gagne left last night's game against the Devils due to what the team had told us was dehydration. Automatically, the thoughts of the worst possible scenario drove into our minds. Of course we thought Gagne was having concussion symptoms, the same symptoms that Keith Primeau had after he had his latest concussion that ultimately ended his career.
Today at practice in Voorhees, the Flyers practices without the likes of Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, and of course Simon Gagne. After practice, Gagne gave the media an update on his condition.
"I feel much better today. I got a full nights sleep and woke up with a lot of energy, which is a great sign," Gagne said. "I knew this season was going to have ups and downs, we've had a lot of games lately. Right now i'm a little fatigued, maybe I have a little case of the stomach flu, but its nothing to worry about" Gagne added.
Gagne said that it was a joint decision to not particiapte in practice today so he could catch up on rest and go through a workout based on dehydration.
"We did a lot of fluid based tests today, not a baseline test, nothing having to do with a concussion. There's no point to go through concussion tests when I know that isn't it," Gagne said.
"I'm not worried about it, I don't think anybody should be concerned, its nothing. I felt good today, I see no problems for tomorrow. I'll be ready to play the game tomorrow."
Hearing from Gagne today emphatically say that this has nothing to do with his past concussion issue was very uplifting. The Flyers need Gagne to be healthy and in the lineup as much as possible.
It was a situation that had bad thoughts wrapped around it, hopefully what Gags is telling us rings true and he comes back tomorrow and plays like Simon has been.
Kimmo Timonen who suffered a shoulder injury late in the game last night will also play tomorrow against the Hurricanes.
Antero Niittymaki will get the start tomorrow. Matt Carle who did not practice again today is said to be suffering from back spasms and is still day-to-day.
The Flyers will look to rebound from last night's horrendous meltdown against to Devils and try to get two points and continue to move up in the Eastern Conf. standings.