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Jagr to miss another game for Flyers

by Mike G. Morreale
PHILADELPHIA -- Jaromir Jagr will not return to the lineup on Monday when the Flyers play host to the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center.

Jagr, who suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes and missed Saturday's game at Winnipeg, remains listed day-to-day.

The 39-year-old veteran did skate with the team on Monday and looked relatively sharp in his turns and cuts on the ice. According to, Jagr injured his groin a little over a minute into the team's victory over the Coyotes last week. He did skate on his own on Sunday.

"When it comes to injuries, we don't want to put anybody in trouble at this point," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "We'd like everybody healthy and back and ready to go. If a player is cleared and they say they feel good and they want to play, then that's what we go by."

Brayden Schenn also skated with the club and told afterward that he was feeling "very good." When asked when he expected to return to the lineup, Schenn said it was up to the coaching staff and that he'd be ready.

The 20-year-old Schenn has no points and a minus-5 rating in four games this season.

Besides the Philadelphia injury update, there was another big topic to discuss on Monday following Flyers practice. In particular, the return of Sidney Crosby to archrival Pittsburgh, and former teammate Maxime Talbot was more than willing to share his thoughts.

"It's definitely good news for the League and, most of all, for him," Talbot said. "It was a long and tough road back but I think it's great for hockey and he's such an important player for the NHL and as a person, too. I know [Flyers and Penguins] is a big rivalry but every hockey fan should be happy that he's back and healthy again.

"I'm sure every single hockey player this morning said, 'Have you heard Sid is coming back?' It's something that everybody is anticipating and that's great."

When Laviolette was asked if Crosby's return is good for hockey, the coach responded, "It's good for the Penguins."

Talbot spent six seasons in Pittsburgh with Crosby before signing a free agent contract with the Flyers in the offseason.

"I texted [Crosby] on Sunday morning and he texted me back last night and was excited," Talbot said. "We all know how big of a media circus it will be [Monday] for the NHL. It's probably the hottest ticket all season; I can compare it a little like when Mario was coming back."

Talbot said that despite the fact he now plays for the rival Flyers, Crosby is and always will be a dear friend.

"I've known him since he was 13-years-old," he said. "Just because you change teams, it doesn't mean all of a sudden he's a bad guy. Sid is someone I respect and he's a great competitor, great for the game. We had the same agent when he was 13 and we were in a camp in Los Angeles. Even then, he was already better than me at 13, and I was 16. He was better than a lot of people; you knew he had something special in him."

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