'Not that you should get your hopes up, but Keith Primeau skated for about 15 minutes yesterday wearing his knee brace. The Flyers' top center is sidelined with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.'
Archives for April 13, 2001
'Because this is Barber's first playoff go-round as an NHL head coach, and this is when the heat really gets turned up, and this is when you find out if the guy who was such a compulsive truth-teller to the Flyers' players this season can be the same guy when the stakes get raised. Can he?'
‘Primeau suffered a Grade II sprain of his left medial collateral ligament March 26 in Ottawa. “I personally feel I’m ahead of schedule,” he said.’
'The 21-year-old left wing hasn't scored since coming off the injury list on March 26. That's nine games to be exact.'
'Keith Primeau, 17 days into rehabilitation from a Grade II sprain of the left knee and wearing a brace, wheeled around the Skate Zone for about 15 minutes yesterday. While he can't do anything with significant meaning until doctors evaluate him on Monday, it's clear Primeau is chomping at the bit to get back into action.'
‘When asked by reporters yesterday if a passing grade on the re-evaluation would mean he could return at some point during a first-round series the Flyers already trail Buffalo in, Primeau said, “I don’t want to speculate.” Just several minutes later, he did. “I know I’m actually going to see the doctor on Saturday,” Primeau told the Daily Times.’
‘Buffalo’s Erik Rasmussen on Roman Cechmanek in Game 1: “The first goal was a boost goal for us. It put the doubt out of everybody’s minds that he can’t be beat.” … Asked if he thought tomorrow’s game was a must-win, Mark Recchi said, “Yeah, we feel that way. We know the situation.”‘
'The tone Thursday was set by Flyers coach Bill Barber, who told his team that it played "OK" Wednesday — but that "OK" was not good enough.'
'Although he skated Thursday at the team's practice facility, he is not due to be re-evaluated by doctors until Monday and the Flyers have figured he would not return until the second round of the playoffs. His teammates are scheduled to play Game 3 in Buffalo Monday night.'
'"Going back to their building down 2-0 starts to change things," said Primeau. "I get more and more antsy."'