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Flyers examine options with injured Primeau
 
Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Flyers are looking into the possibility of adding captain Keith Primeau to their 50-man playoff roster if he is unable to play during the regular season.

"There hasn't been a ruling on that," Clarke said. "We're supposed to hear about that."

According to Clarke, there is no set salary cap for playoff rosters because players stop getting paychecks at the end of the regular season.

"There is some concern (by the NHL) about putting high-priced guys down in the minors and leaving them there at the trading deadline and using their money to get more players," Clarke said. "But I don't know about someone like Primeau."

Primeau skated on his own again on Friday and, according to Clarke, is showing signs of improvement.

"He told (trainer) Jimmy (McCrossin) he's starting to get better, but it's been two years (of concussion symptoms)," Clarke said. "It's got to be a huge concern for him if he comes back and gets nailed. For him to be effective he has to be a physical player. That's the only game he knows."

Olympic news: Flyers D Kim Johnsson said he is standing firm on his decision to reject Team Sweden's invitation because of the impending birth of his second child.

"It was pretty easy," said Johnsson, who will back in the lineup today after missing three games with sinus pain. "It's too close to the baby coming and I want to be home with my family."

Johnsson's wife, Jeanette, is due to deliver in March. The couple also has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Fellippa Johanna. The Olympics run from Feb. 16 through Feb. 26.

"It probably won't happen during the Olympics, but it's so close you never know," he said. "My family has to come first in that situation. I want to be there for my family."

Lineup shuffle: With Johnsson (sinus) and Joni Pitkanen (groin) returning to the lineup today, it appears veteran Chris Therien will be the odd man out. Rookie defenseman Freddy Meyer, who on Thursday was sent down to the Phantoms for salary cap reasons, is expected to be in the lineup today, along with rookie Randy Jones.

The defensive pairings are likely to read: Pitkanen with Derian Hatcher; Jones with Mike Rathje; and Johnsson with Meyer. For those counting, D Alexandre Picard became the 15th player who played for the Phantoms last season to join the Flyers' roster. . . .

At Friday's practice, C Petr Nedved took Peter Forsberg's place on a line with LW Simon Gagne and RW Mike Knuble. Nedved's promotion created a second line of Michal Handzus between Donald Brashear and Sami Kapanen; a third line of Jeff Carter between R.J. Umberger and Ben Eager; and a fourth line of Mike Richards between Brian Savage and Turner Stevenson.