Sunday, December 08, 2013

Lecavalier sidelined 3-to-4 weeks with fractured back

Vincent Lecavalier has run into some bad luck ever since the Philadelphia Flyers signed him to a $22.5 million, 5- year deal this summer.

On Sunday, the club announced that he will miss up to a month with a non- displaced fracture in his lower back.

"He had an x-ray in Dallas and we found something on the x-ray that didn't look right. [We] got him back to Philadelphia this morning just to get him back in our own doctor's hands and he had an MRI," said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "We found a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. We're going to treat it when we can as aggressively as we have to right now. We told him to rest for a few days to get some of the discomfort out and we'll go from there."

Lecavalier missed his third straight game on Saturday, a 5-1 setback to the Stars in Dallas, due to what was originally deemed to be back spasms.

The native of Montreal is the co-leader on the Flyers with nine goals and tied for third in points with 14 over 22 games this season.

The Orange and Black have two games remaining on their current six-game road trip: on Monday in Ottawa and on Wednesday in front of a national audience in Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. 

At minimum, the 33-year-old won't be back until close to New Year's Eve, when the club embarks on another edition of a holiday Western road swing. 

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