Paul Holmgren gave the following update on Simon Gagne's injury:
"Simon Gagne was seen by Dr. Peter DeLuca today and was diagnosed with a mild right groin strain. Simon will have some medicine injected into the affected area Friday morning and will be advised to rest for one week before returning to his normal fitness routine. He will be allowed back on the ice in two weeks and should be ready for training camp on September 12."
UPDATE: 4:27 p.m.
Simon Gagne gave the following answers to a Flyers spokesman regarding his injury at Team Canada's orientation camp in Calgary.
Q: What exactly happened?
Gagne: “We had our first practice last night at the camp. I thought it was going to be an easy practice but the tempo was very fast right away during the very first drill. Guys were obviously trying to show their best. I had been skating back home for about two weeks but not at that high level. I kind of felt that it was getting a little bit tight on me, close to the hip and groin. I had the hip surgery this summer (end of May). It is a little bit tight everywhere and the groin is a part of that. I went to see the trainers and they pulled me out and there was really no question to try to push it again. I had the chance to speak with Steve Yzerman and he told me not to worry about it. That’s why I got off the ice and that is why I am not skating right now.
|Simon Gagne has played for Team Canada in the previous two Olympic games. (Getty Images) |
“The plan right now is that I am going to fly back to Philly tonight and see the doctors tomorrow. I got checked by the doctor from Team Canada and all that and they don’t think it is that bad. They don’t think I really hurt myself. I think it is just tightness that was there a little bit this summer when I started skating. I went to Philly to get it checked again but they said it was normal. I went back home and skated and everything was fine. But like I said when you skate back home by yourself or with a couple of guys on the ice you really aren’t pushing yourself to the limits. Yesterday’s practice was at a high level and there was no sense for me to keep going. So I think it is smart for me to go to Philly and get it checked out by our doctors and make sure everything is fine and go from there.” Q: How disappointed are you?
Gagne: “A little bit. It is part of the game. But on the other side, I did talk to team Canada’s management and coaching staff before I left today and they said not to worry about it. They said they were not there to see how I was going to do. They said they knew that I had the experience of the last two Olympics and that I knew what is going on. They said for me to go back to Philly, get it checked out and have a good start to the season. On that side, I am not too disappointed. This is why I am going back to Philly to find out what I have to do to be ready for training camp.”
Q: How concerned are you about this injury with training camp and the regular season right around the corner?
Gagne: “Training camp is right around the corner. That is why I am heading back to see Jimmy McCrossin and our doctors. We will try to find out what is best for me and what plan we are going to take. I want to be there and be ready at Day 1 so I will do everything I can and I am sure the doctors will do the same. I am not that concerned right now. We have a plan in mind. We will follow that and I am sure I will be all right for camp.”
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Flyers forward Simon Gagne has left Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp after sustaining an injury.
Club general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Gagne:
“Simon Gagne sustained a mild strain of his right groin last night while practicing with Team Canada. He was examined by Team Canada’s medical trainer and team orthopedic physician who believed that it was not a serious injury. Simon will fly back to Philadelphia today and be examined by Flyers team orthopedic physician, Peter DeLuca tomorrow afternoon.”