Flyers' Gagne Could Be Back For Second Round

Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne could be skating again by Friday, just one week after going under the knife to fix a broken toe. According to a report by Philadelphia Inquirer writer Sam Carchidi, Gagne is making a "rapid recovery."

The team also released a statement via their official blog, On The Fly. Here's writer Kevin Kurz:

Simon Gagne spoke with the media for the first time today since his surgery on Friday. Gagne is sporting a boot on his right foot, in which he suffered a fracture while blocking an Ilya Kolalchuk shot in Game 4 of the Flyers’ first round series victory over New Jersey.

He will be on crutches for two weeks, but isn’t counting himself out for an appearance in the second round.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I think the worst is behind. I need to be on crutches for two weeks and not put too much weight on it,” he explained. “From there, we’ll get an MRI two weeks from now and see where we’re at from the healing standpoint.

“I hope to be back at the end of the second round, and if not, then it will be the third round. I will be back as soon as I can.”

While Carchidi estimated that the "best-case" for Gagne is a return for Game 3 of the second round, Philadelphia Daily News reporter Frank Seravalli called that assessment a "frivolous overestimation."

I think Gagne coming back for Game 3 is a frivolous overestimation. That would be 10 days from surgery. He is Game 6-7 at best.

Who knows the truth, really? It does seem that two weeks on crutches would put Game 3 out of the question, but when you take into account the Flyers history with divulging details about injuries, it's hard to believe anything they say or don't say.

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