Good news for Flyers fans: the groin strain that Gagne suffered will not keep him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Wednesday that Gagne received an injection and can return to the ice in two weeks, in time for the start of training camp on Sept. 12.
The bad news is Gagne’s groin is reminiscent of Forsberg’s ankle.
Flyers beat writer Tim Panaccio points out that Gagne’s groin is becoming a reoccuring problem the Flyers should not be ignoring.
• Gagne went through last season relatively healthy, until the end, when his right hip began bothering him, although the club did not announce it. He had off-season surgery to the right hip to remove a bone spur and scar tissue.
• In 2007-08, Gagne missed 56 games because of post-concussion syndrome and wasn’t on the ice long enough to develop hip problems.
• In 2006-07, however, he was bothered from March until season’s end by a hip flexor and groin strain. That off-season, Gagne underwent double hernia surgery.
• In 2005-06, he had a serious groin tear and subsequent off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
Going back to the trade Gagne stance, Holmgren should call the Sharks and see what they want for Nabokov. Sure, they signed Emery in the offseason, but do Flyers fans want to hang their season on Ray “I punch everyone I meet in the face” Emery or a guy that dominated a superior, for now, Western Conference? A Gagne/Jones package can be brokered if need be. Getting rid of Jones would actually be a step in the right direction.