Holmgren: Steve Downie sidelined indefinitely

Holmgren: Steve Downie sidelined indefinitely

Game 3: Flyers fall into 2-1 series hole with 4-1 loss

April 23, 2014, 7:00 am
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In 51 regular-season games with the Flyers this season, Steve Downie recorded three goals and 14 assists. (AP)

FLYERS-RANGERS SCHEDULE

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Flyers vs. Rangers
(Rangers lead series 2-1)

Game 1 at NYR: 4-1 Rangers
Game 2 at NYR: 4-2 Flyers
Game 3 at PHI: 4-1 Rangers
Game 4 at PHI: Fri., April 25, 7 p.m., CSN
Game 5 at NYR: Sun., April 27, 12 p.m., NBC
*Game 6 at PHI: Tues., April 29, TBA, CSN
*Game 7 at NYR: Wed., April 30, TBA, CSN

*If necessary

The Flyers finally said something about forward Steve Downie. He is out indefinitely, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

No specific injury was announced.

Downie was benched the final two games of the regular season for blown coverage assignments. The question now is: Was Downie not feeling well during the two games he made mistakes that led to his benching?

“Well, a little bit of both,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “He made those mistakes and I was not obviously happy. There’s other things.”

Sources in the organization said they wonder if Downie was suffering from post-concussion syndrome from his previous concussion on March 22 against St. Louis.

Others think he never healed from his first concussion on Nov. 1 during his initial game back as a Flyer against Washington.

Downie is in the final year of his contract. One source said Downie might have been worried that if he didn’t play it would negatively affect his ability to get a new contract.

Concussion or not, Downie has played poorly since the second half of the season began and often times appeared listless on the ice -- a legitimate symptom of post-concussion syndrome.

Morin injury
Defensive prospect Samuel Morin is wearing a cast on his right foot. He has an Achilles heel injury.

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