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