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Forsberg in Montreal; Carter and Esche Skating

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
(Voorhees, NJ, December 14) – Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin updated the status of center Peter Forsberg on Thursday. Forsberg is in Montreal, Quebec at the Bauer skate company attempting to correct his foot/ankle discomfort that has prevented him from playing in the last four games.

Forsberg will remain in Montreal on Friday.

"I spoke with [Flyers Equipment Manager] Harry Bricker late last night. I know that they are really tied up in just trying to firm the small things up and make little adjustments. I know that both Peter and Harry are very optimistic about what is happening up in Montreal."

McCrossin also explained what they are doing in Montreal to correct the skate.

"They actually enlarged the skate boot for him so his metatarsal heads will sit flat and the actual toe box of his boot is wider. They have made the proper adjustments to the entire boot from his ankle all the way out to his toes. Right now they are in the process of fine-tuning the adjustments to Peter's liking. They really custom fitted a skate for Peter's foot. He's skating up there, too, in Montreal but really the test is not the little twirl skates you're doing, it's going and practicing and the game situation."

John Stevens decided to give the team the day off despite originally having a scheduled practice on Thursday. The team plane was unable to land in Philadelphia due to foggy weather conditions, instead getting diverted to Newark, New Jersey. The team then had to wait for a bus in Newark and many of the players did not get home until after 4:00 a.m.

"With back-to-back games and another busy week coming up and with the flu bug going around we just thought it was best to rest up today and get back to work tomorrow and get a real good day of work in before playing Washington on Saturday," said Stevens.

While the players who were on the trip did not skate, two of the Flyers' injured players, did. Jeff Carter and Robert Esche updated their conditions after coming off of the ice.

"It's coming along. There's a little bit of pain, but that's just something that I'm going to have for awhile working it out," said Carter, who has been sidelined since November 7 with a broken bone in his left foot. "I think the main thing is just getting the strength back in the ankle and the leg.

"It's getting better every day. The first couple days were pretty tough but every day it's getting better."

Carter is scheduled to have a CT-scan on Monday and could return next week.

Esche, on the other hand, is only two weeks removed from surgery on his adductor muscle but is making progress nonetheless.

"This was my fourth day on the ice. I feel good, and I think I'm going a lot faster than what we anticipated so that's always good. It's been a quicker process than I think we thought."
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