(PHILADELPHIA) — Just as the Philadelphia Flyers started to play to their expectations, they’ve lost one of their best offensive players. Forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back.
Lecavalier hasn’t played since Nov. 30 because of the injury. It was originally believed the 33-year-old Lecavalier merely had back spasms, but the injury proved to be more severe.
“It was coming along yesterday when he skated and as the day went on, it tightened up a little bit,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Sunday night. “He had an X-ray in Dallas and it didn’t look great, flew back to Philadelphia this morning and had an MRI.”
After spending the first 14 seasons of his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Lecavalier signed a five-year deal with the Flyers worth $22.5 million during the offseason.
In 22 games this season for Philadelphia, Lecavalier has scored nine goals and has five assists as well.
After a slow start to the season, the Flyers have won six out of their last 10 games.
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Jill Martin, CNN