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Kapanen Injures Shoulder, Out 10 Weeks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers forward Sami Kapanen will miss the next 10 weeks after injuring his right shoulder. Kapanen will have surgery next week to repair the shoulder. Below are comments from Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke as well as Kapanen.

Bob Clarke

"Sami last week had a collision with one of our players when they were fooling around. He hurt his shoulder and had an MRI performed on him yesterday. The results were that he's got a slap tear, they call that, and a partial thickness tear of his rotator cuff. He'll have surgery early next week, and will miss approximately 10 weeks from the date of surgery.

"Sami is going to see [Flyers team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca] this afternoon, and it looks like they'll do it on Tuesday."

Sami Kapanen

"I guess it was about three or four weeks back. I think I kind of fell down on my shoulder. I can't even finger point any hits in the past, I don't know how many weeks we've been skating. It's been sore ever since then. I still have been able to do the scrimmages and all that, but I guess it's time to fix it."

On having the option to have the surgery:
"I think there's a couple weeks now where we don't play any regular season games, so it kind of shortens up the time you're going to miss in the season. I think it's better to fix it now than to try and play with a bad shoulder and get to the point where it needs to be fixed in the middle of the season and be in a bad spot going into the playoffs."

On it being frustrating, after having missed last season:
"It's not just that. I just got my knee fixed over the summer and I've been rehabbing almost two months with that. I finally, last month, have been feeling really good skating wise, and feel like I'm in good shape I'm just anxious to get back with the new signings and the new rules. Being away from the game for a year, adding all of those up and not being able to play in the next couple months is going to be hard."
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