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February 27, 2006 - Flyers to address Keith Primeau's status

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2/27/2006 5:14:02 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have called a Tuesday morning news conference where they are expected to announce that forward Keith Primeau is done for the season.

Primeau with a concussion specialist in Toronto earlier this month, amid reports that he would make a decision on whether or not he would play again in 2005-06.

By announcing he won't be returning this season, it gives the Flyers much more flexibility in terms of cap room for the rest of the campaign.

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.

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 final 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 final.

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.