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Vincent Lecavalier also dealing with back spasms

Dec 16, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

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Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier was already out with a non-displaced fracture in his back and now he’s got something else to deal with along with that.

Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren says Lecavalier is also dealing with back spasms to go along with the fracture and it’s causing problems with his ability to get back in action as Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post shares.

“His treatment, he’s able to do some rehabilitation, but until the spasm goes away completely, he’s kind of limited in what he can do,” Holmgren said. “The spasms have gotten smaller. They’re more around the fracture side now. Until that goes away completely, he’s sort of limited.”

Lecavalier’s initial diagnosis back on December 8 was for him to be out 3-4 weeks, but this development could drag that out a bit.

In the meantime, Brayden Schenn has taken over Lecavalier’s role on the second line while Michael Raffl is thriving on a line with Claude Grioux. If the Flyers could stop blowing 4-1 leads late in the third period, they might be going places.

  1. hockey412 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    They are running out of time

    • maalea - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Don’t you get tired of singing that same old song, out of tune?

      They are 3 points out of a playoff spot, with a game in hand, hardly an insurmountable task.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      well there are 49 games left and they are out of a playoff spot by 3 points with a game in hand, its not a matter of time, its a matter of playing solid hockey for the rest of the season

  2. President Charles Logan - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    The Flyers are an inconsistent team that lacks the hunger and the skill set right now, I doubt they are deep enough to be a serious contender . I think it’s no secret that the smarter Flyers fans already knew going into this season that they would be treading water to stay in a Playoff spot , now with Lecavalier out injured and no telling when he will get back to 100% ,it only gets worse.
    Anyone else see this Lecavalier contract as an ugly one that may be an albatross for a few years ? I think he would have been fine for a 2 year deal but… his age and injuries are going to rear their ugly heads alot sooner then we figured

    • flyerspsu - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      the Vinny contract is fine, its only a 4.5 cap hit, the cap is going up a lot in the next few years and hes playing well, the Flyers couldnt have gotten him on a 2 year deal, 20 teams wanted him, you had to give him something like a 5 year deal to convince him to sign

      the Streit contract is a lot worse, hes much older and already terrible at the moment

      the only problem w/ the Lecavalier contract is the injuries, hes been injury prone for a few years now, you just got to expect about 60-65 games a year but with good production in those games, heck i like that better than 80 games of mediocre play like Hartnell and Streit

      • President Charles Logan - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        the problem is it’s a big IF with the injuries and the health and his age. you guys need him on the ice & producing and not in the trainers room in order to have a prayer for the playoffs.

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