PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Primeau's comeback is on hold at least until the third round of the National Hockey League playoffs, if not until next season.
The inspirational leader of the Philadelphia Flyers has been skating over the last few weeks, trying to come back from a season-long concussion, but he's suffered a setback.
"I woke up [Wednesday] morning with a slight headache still," Primeau told the Philadelphia Inquirer for yesterday's edition. "So that's two days since I took a hit in practice. I don't feel well enough to go on the ice. I don't know if it's because of my head or I'm frustrated. It's a minor setback, but not the end of the world."
Trainer Jim McCrossin said Primeau won't play at all this round because of postconcussion symptoms. Primeau is upset at stories in the media that portrayed him as being a distraction to the team, and stories that gave false hope he would play in the third game on Wednesday or perhaps in the fourth game today.
"I understand by me participating in practice there is going to be a perception," he said. "I can accept that. As I explained from the start, what I am trying to do is get myself in position to play. There has never been a time frame. It has never come out of my mouth that I'm playing on this particular day. As far as I know, it's never come out of the mouth of anyone in the organization. If they did, it was an assumption."
Primeau isn't certain whether he will continue to work out with the team. "I don't know," he said. "Apparently, I have become a distraction. That is not my doing and it's not the organization's."