Lecavalier leaves trip for evaluation on back

Lecavalier leaves trip for evaluation on back
December 8, 2013, 9:45 am
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Vinny Lecavalier has missed the Flyers' last three games because of back spasms. (AP)

Updated: 10:35 a.m.

DALLAS -- Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier was sent back to Philadelphia on Sunday for further medical evaluation regarding his back.

Which means his back spasms could be something worse. Lecavalier has missed three games on this road trip and will miss his fourth game Monday in Ottawa.

Lecavalier is tied for the team lead in goals (nine) with Matt Read and has 14 points this season.

General manager Paul Holmgren released the following statement:

"Vinny Lecavalier skated yesterday (Dec. 7) in Dallas. It is the team's decision this morning for Lecavalier to return to Philadelphia for further evaluation by our medical staff. It is undecided if he will join the team in Chicago."

In other injury news, defenseman Kimmo Timonen suffered an upper-body injury against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Timonen, who did not play in the third period, is listed as day to day (see story).