Simon Gagne Has Shoulder Strain Out A Week, Now Breathe

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IDecember 30, 2008

Not even a minute into the game and the Flyers are down a forward. Simon Gagne left the game about 15 seconds into the first period after being checked form behind by Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

Gagne, who left the ice on his own power, was said to have an upper body injury and most likely won't return to the game tonight.

It was reported today that Gagne has only a slight shoulder strain and could only miss a week at the most. This is great news for all associated with the team.

“It’s nothing serious,” GM Paul Holmgren said. “His shoulder seized up on him. The two reports from the doctor were right away and after the shoulder settled down and he has a little bit of a strain. The muscles went into spasms which is normal. We’ll know more today how long it will be. We think it is a short term thing, maybe a week.”
“It was more the position his arm went down there,” Holmgren added. “It sounds as if the injury is rotator cuff related as to how he strained the shoulder. The position his arm was in.”

In 35 games this season, Gagne has 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points and 16 penalty minutes. He is second on the team in scoring and tied for 10th in the league.

Part I of quote:(CSNPhilly)