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February 27, 2006 - Primeau gone for the season

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The Philly captain was injured October 25 in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Flyers captain Keith Primeau will sit out the rest of the regular season nearly four months after suffering another concussion, a person in the NHL with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Primeau was going to make an official announcement Tuesday at the Flyers practice facility in New Jersey.

Primeau was injured Oct. 25 after taking a hit from Montreal's Alexander Perezhogin, the latest and most severe in a list of head injuries the centre has sustained in a 15-year career. Primeau had not been cleared to play by Flyers doctors and a concussion specialist in Montreal had advised him to forego playing this season and continue his rehab, leaving him with little choice but to shut it down and try and return next season.

With his history of head injuries, even next season is in jeopardy for the 34-year-old Primeau. The person said, however, that Primeau was prepared to try and return next year.

Primeau did play in two more games after he was injured before symptoms forced him out of the Oct. 30 game against Ottawa.

Primeau did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.

He had one goal and played in only nine games for the Flyers (33-16-5) this season, and was asked by Flyers general manger Bob Clarke to make a decision by the end of the Olympic break. .

Primeau missed 21 games because of a concussion suffered against the Rangers in the 2003-04 season. He also suffered at least two head injuries in the 2004 playoffs, in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Toronto and in the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay.

After missing the first half of 1999-2000 season with Carolina because of a contract dispute, Primeau was traded to the Flyers and brought immediate toughness and leadership to the locker room.

Primeau matched his career high with 73 points in 2000-01, and led the Flyers in playoff goals (nine) and points (16) in 2004 when he helped lead them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Primeau was named captain in 2001, but that title has since been given to defenceman Derian Hatcher.

Drafted in the first round by Detroit in the 1990 draft, Primeau spent six seasons with the Red Wings and three more with Hartford/Carolina and played in two all-star games. He has 266 goals and 619 points in 909 career games.