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Lupul Injures Spinal Cord

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Kapanen also hurt during win over Toronto


(Voorhees, NJ) - Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren gave the following update on injured forwards Joffrey Lupul and Sami Kapanen, both of whom were hurt during the team's 3-2 win in Toronto on January 5.
Derian Hatcher hits Toronto's Alexander Steen as well as teammate Joffrey Lupul on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. (Getty Images)

Q:  Did Joffrey Lupul sustain a concussion from last night’s collision with Derian Hatcher?
PH:  “Yes, Lupul has been diagnosed with mild concussion.  However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion at the level of his fifth & sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area.  It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands.  The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off.  He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”
 
Q: Obviously, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, correct?
PH: “He will go on the injured list for sure.  We’ll just have to see what we have in terms of healthy bodies tomorrow.”
 
Q:  How disappointing is this news?
PH:  “Well, it’s very disappointing for Joffrey.  Obviously he’s having a very productive season.  He’s been a very good player for us.  We’re more disappointed for Joffrey.  As a team, we’ll just have to deal with it.”
 
Q:  Did he spend the night in the hospital last night?
PH:  “Yes, he was admitted to Pennsylvania Hospital last night and was released earlier today.”
 
Q:  Will we be calling up anyone?
PH:  “Again, we will have to wait until tomorrow morning to see how many players we have.  I believe that Scott Upshall and Simon Gagne are both still day to day.  In terms of healthy players, we will have to see what we have and act accordingly to fill out our roster.”
 
Q:  Any news on Sami Kapanen’s injury?

PH:  “Obviously Sami had a pile of stitches last night.  He had some issues with some of his teeth.  There were no fractures that were seen on the X-rays.  We will see how he is tomorrow.  Knowing Sami he’ll feel pretty good, although he’ll probably not look good.  We will just see how he’s doing tomorrow.  But, right now we’re listing him as day to day and we will evaluate him in the morning.”
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