Lecavalier to miss 3-4 weeks with back injury

Lecavalier to miss 3-4 weeks with back injury
December 8, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier, tied for the team lead in goals with nine, will miss the next 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his back. (USA Today Images)

DALLAS — Vinny Lecavalier has a non-displaced fracture in his back and will miss three to four weeks, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
 
He needs rest, Holmgren said.
 
“It was coming along yesterday when he skated and as the day went on, it tightened up a little bit,” Holmgren said 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.”
 
The MRI found the non-displaced fracture in his lower back. Holmgren said Lecavalier was experiencing discomfort. He said skating likely aggravated the injury.
 
The Flyers' center, who is tied with Matt Read for the club lead with nine goals, had been treated for what was suspected to be back spasms. The Flyers sent Lecavalier back to Philadelphia this weekend for further medical evaluation when it became apparent on the X-ray this wasn’t back spasms.
 
Lecavalier’s loss is huge given that the Flyers have lost ground in the standings during his absence. They went into Sunday night’s NHL games three points out of a playoff spot.
 
His injury occurred late in the third period of the Flyers' game in Nashville — the first game of this road trip on Nov. 30. He missed the Flyers' next three games on this 12-day, six-game road trip and will obviously miss the remaining two games in Ottawa and Chicago.
  
Holmgren was uncertain who might be called up from the Phantoms.
 
During Lecavalier’s absence, Brayden Schenn has been playing center between Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds. Rather than looking to make a deal for another center, Holmgren said this will present “opportunities” for others on the Flyers' roster.
 
“We gotta look for other guys to step up,” he said.