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Primeau holds out hope for return
 
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

By CHUCK GORMLEY
Courier-Post Staff

VOORHEES

Despite experiencing some post-concussion symptoms last week, Flyers captain Keith Primeau was back practicing with his teammates Monday and said he has not given up hope on returning to the lineup sometime during the playoffs.

"I feel not bad today, so I'm in a good mood," Primeau said after the hour-long practice. "I can't say it's been that way over the last two or three days, but I'm just trying to push through it."

Asked if he has any timetable for a return, Primeau again left open the possibility of taking part in the postseason.

"All I can do is put myself in a position where if all of a sudden my head feels better, I don't say, "OK, my head feels better. It's going to take me four weeks to get ready.' " Primeau said. "I'm trying to put myself in a position where I can be as close to being ready as I can. If that's one week or two weeks or four weeks or six, I just hope they're still playing when I get the chance."

Primeau said many people misconstrued his comments last week and that he has not yet thrown in the towel in his comeback attempt from a concussion suffered in October.

"Some days my will is down and I need a pat on the back," Primeau said. "Some reassurance I'm doing it for a good cause."

Forsberg update: Center Peter Forsberg did not skate with the Flyers on Monday and said he will decide this morning whether or not to test his aching right groin when the Flyers visit the New York Islanders tonight in Nassau Coliseum.

"It's always tough to miss games when they mean a lot," Forsberg said. "You want to be out there playing. I want to get back as soon as I can. Hopefully, I'll be back (tonight)."

Forsberg said he will participate in today's morning skate before determining whether to sit out for the 23rd time this season because of groin pain. The Flyers are 10-10-2 in the games Forsberg has missed and 34-16-9 in the games he has played.