Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rathje Updated, Kapanen Undeported

by Bob Herpen
The Phanatic Magazine

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reported Wednesday that defenseman Mike Rathje's injury suffered in the team's preseason game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday is unrelated to the problem which sidelined him last season.

"Mike Rathje sustained an adductor injury which was related to his adductor release surgery performed this summer," said Holmgren. " The injury was an adductor issue of the breaking up of the scar tissue from this previous surgery."

Last year, the Manitoba-born backliner missed all but 18 games after a diagnosis of piriformis syndrome. It's the fancy technical term for what is usually referred to as "sciatica," where the sciatic nerve is aggravated and leaves the player with persistent back, leg, and buttock pain.

In any event, doctors have recommended Rathje stay off the ice for at least one week.

For Sami Kapanen, the wait to return to the ice could have been a bit longer, thanks not to injury but to the practices of Homeland Security.

Kapanen was in Toronto with his wife and four children on a brief vacation before the start of training camp, but was not allowed to come back into the U.S. because some of his family made the database for possible illegal entry. He had to wait five nights with minimal information on his ordeal before being allowed to travel back to the Delaware Valley.

He was not available for either of the Flyers' first two exhibition games, but will have the advantage of the next two days to skate before the team resumes its pre-season slate with a game against the Rangers in Manhattan on Saturday night.

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