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Primeau Seeing Specialist in Toronto

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


Flyers center Keith Primeau on Monday updated his status as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered on October 25 in Montreal. Primeau is in Toronto visiting with another doctor as he continues his rehab from the injury. Below is a conversation in which Primeau addressed certain topics and rumors regarding his health and if he plans on making any announcements in the near future, as well as a statement from Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke.

What is your latest status?
"Right now I am in Toronto, checking with one more specialist in a different field in the hopes that we can try to find anything else that we may have missed. I will probably be here for another 24 to 48 hours and then be returning to Philadelphia."

Are you able to disclose the doctor's name?
"No."

How are you feeling right now?
"I continue to feel as though I'm making improvements with the therapy in Philadelphia with my therapist. I am not making the kind of gains that ultimately I would have liked to have made by this time. I just continue to work to get better."

There is word out that you may be making an announcement of some kind this week or next. Is that true or false?
"In speaking with [Clarke], as everyone knows, a couple weeks ago I had to have a decision by the end of the Olympic break [on February 27]. I have since then been advised by the doctors that it may be in my best interests to forego playing this year and continue my rehab in hopes of returning in September.

"[Clarke] and the organization are all aware of those conversations that I've had with the doctors, and I told them that I would let them know as soon as I have made a decision and felt comfortable with that decision. As far as making it today or tomorrow or Wednesday or at any point this week, it's just a difficult decision and I haven't set a day where I am going to make any formal announcement. I know that making the decision, though, is in the not-too-distant future."

How difficult is this decision for you?
"It's sad, because all I want to do is play. Unfortunately at this time, my head will just not allow me to play. Obviously, I am running the emotional gamut from sadness to disappointment to frustration to anxiety. But, I also know that my health is of the utmost importance."

Bob Clarke on Keith Primeau:
"I think Keith stated it very clearly the position that he is in. Obviously, when he is ready to make a decision about returning or not returning this year, he will and we respect that."
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