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Holmgren confirms Simmonds has concussion

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 8:27 PM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Holmgren confirms Simmonds has concussion
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said forward Wayne Simmonds sat out Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes due to a concussion.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said forward Wayne Simmonds sat out Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes due to a concussion he sustained during Friday's game against the Washington Capitals.

Holmgren said there was no timetable for Simmonds' return to the lineup.

Simmonds, who entered Saturday's game tied for the team lead in scoring with five points, was elbowed in the face by Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine late in the first period of Friday's 3-2 loss and did not return. On Saturday, the NHL suspended Erskine three games for the hit.

"It's disappointing," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said before the game of losing Simmonds. "We certainly could use him in the lineup right now. His ability to score, his physical presence, the roles and situations and the minutes that he plays on our team, we'll miss him."

Rookie forward Tye McGinn, who replaced Simmonds on the team's top line Friday, alongside center Claude Giroux and left wing Danny Briere, started Saturday's game in that spot.

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