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Gagne Expected to Return Monday

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers left wing and leading goal scorer Simon Gagne is expected to make his return to the lineup on Monday when the Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m., OLN). Gagne has missed the first three games since the end of the Olympic break, nursing a bone bruise in his right knee he suffered while playing for Team Canada in Torino, Italy. Gagne has skated at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone on his own for the past three days.

Philadelphia did not practice on Sunday and will be trying to break a four-game losing streak on Monday after dropping a 4-2 decision to the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Below are Gagne's comments regarding his condition.

"I didn't have a chance to practice with the team [Sunday], so it's very tough to tell how I'm going to feel one-on-ones and stuff like that. It's good to skate and take some shots and all that and turn around, and my legs feel very good, too. I'm ready to go. I may talk to Jimmy [McCrossin] first, and I was hoping to practice today but we have more issues than practicing. Hopefully tomorrow with the morning skate I can get some passes and do some stuff but right now, like I said, I feel very good.

"In my mind [Saturday] after practice, my target was Monday, but at the same time you want to have a good test in practice in one-on-ones and three-on-twos. It's fine right now, skating like I was doing today, but it's different in game situations. [Monday] I should be good.

"We've battled through so much this year with injuries, and it's tough to take that as an excuse, but at the same time it's a fact. Some guys are going to get back pretty soon and we'll have a team slowly. Hopefully I can be back tomorrow and see what kind of team we have. I know there's only 20 games [left] now, and it's a short time, but it might be the best time of the year to get some guys back."
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