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Flyers say Simon Gagne's not close to returning

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BOSTON -- It appears a quick turnaround by Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne from a right foot injury suffered just one week ago won't happen anytime too soon.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that on Friday afternoon when his team landed in Boston in preparation for Saturday's opening game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bruins at TD Garden (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN).

Gagne, who had two screws surgically implanted in his right big toe on April 23, is recuperating nicely but is still not close to returning to the lineup.

"Simon Gagne had a MRI on his right foot (on Friday)," Holmgren said in a statement released by the Flyers. "While the study showed signs of healing, Simon is still listed as out indefinitely. Simon will continue to do his off-ice conditioning and rehab."

Gagne broke his toe while blocking a shot in Game 4 of the opening round against the New Jersey Devils. He was hit in his right foot on shots by Ilya Kovalchuk and Brian Rolston on two separate occasions and was forced to leave Game 4 with less than eight minutes remaining in the second period when he took Rolston's slap shot off the foot.

The Flyers enter their second-round series against the Bruins without the services of forwards Gagne, Jeff Carter (fractured right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion).






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