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Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back

Dec 8, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that Vincent Lecavalier will miss three-to-four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his back,’s Tim Panaccio reports.

The 33-year-old center hasn’t played since Nov. 30 because of his issue, which was originally believed to be merely back spasms.

He’s had his fair share of bad luck with injuries the past few seasons, but the calendar year of 2013 has really presented headaches. Here’s a quick tally, which includes his final campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning:

  • He missed nine games last season with a lower-body injury.
  • Lecavalier missed three more with lower-body issues in October.
  • While he came back sooner than expected, he suffered a facial injury that sidelined him for one game stemming from a fight.

When he’s been able to suit up for the Flyers, he’s been effective; he has nine goals and 14 points in 22 games played. Unfortunately for Philly, it looks like he won’t be able to play until 2014 rolls around.

It doesn’t sound like the Flyers are going to make a trade or free agent acquisition in his absence, as Panaccio reports that Holmgren expects the team’s other 20 players to “step up.”

  1. rbbbaron - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    pretty much sums up my fear of having the wings sign him (injury-prone and on the decline)…not like holland did any better by turning around and signing Weiss to worse terms…

  2. joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    And this asserts my beliefs about the Flyers not making the playoffs. They don’t have the extra points in the bank to help them through these situations. The guys will become mentally fragile by these otherwise small set backs, which for them becomes monumental because of a poor start. Additionally, they don’t have the depth to make up for the loss of a top 9 forward.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Yeah Ok joey. Great analysis. See you in the playoffs.

      • joey4id - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Difficult to remain objective when you have a horse in the race. I get that. So, for you and all other Philly fans, I hope your team makes the playoffs. Remind me about this analysis when the Flyers clinch the playoff spot.

  3. mclovinhockey - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Bring in Mcginn… Keep the 3rd line as is and place Tye with schenn and Simmonds…. Wish they could bring Laughton up.

  4. zta7991 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    didn’t Holmgren say he was calling someone up? I thought I read that on csn philly. if so I hope mcginn. I would say akeson possibly but he is a smaller player. and someone correct me if I am wrong but cant we call up laughton after the junior season is over. so he may be on the roster by the end of the year.

  5. President Charles Logan - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Joey’s like the little geek amongnst the room full of big guys

  6. kastout11 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Philly can overcome this. The entire team has been playing well the last month, not just Vinny. They will be fine. They have Mcginn who is playing well, and I’m sure he is the guy that Holmgen is talking about bringing up. The division is so bad, they will continue to be in contention even during his absence.

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