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Flyers' Simmonds returns to practice: report

by Staff

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds returned to practice Monday in Orleans, Mass.

The Flyers have been spending time in the town near Cape Cod prior to opening the regular season Oct. 8 at the Boston Bruins.

"Just in case I am able to go Wednesday, you want to get today in," Simmonds, who went through about 75 minutes of practice, told "Get that hard skate out of the way, then go Tuesday which obviously won’t be as hard for me. Especially, at the end, I doubt I’ll get bagged, especially, if I am in the lineup … I thought it was important to get on the ice today.

"Too early to tell," Simmonds continued on whether he'll play Wednesday. "Obviously, there is going to be a reaction afterwards. Whether it is good or bad we will know in a few hours. I think first and foremost, I felt fine and got through the whole practice which is a good sign."

Simmonds had been out since sustaining a lower-body injury in a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers on Sept. 30 at Wells Fargo Center. He had been wearing a boot on his left foot but felt good enough to practice Monday, and Flyers coach Craig Berube bag-skated him after practice to push the limits on the foot, according to the report.

"I feel good," Simmonds said. "Obviously, I have not skated in the last week. I had a few issues with my wind and did a little bag skate at the end. I think it will help out and get a skate in [Tuesday]."

Last season Simmonds led the Flyers with 29 goals and was third in the NHL with 15 power-play goals. He's been skating with Sean Couturier and Matt Read during the preseason.

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