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March 1, 2004 - Primeau works out; Roenick gets good news

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PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers captain Keith Primeau worked out again Monday and hopes to return to Philadelphia's lineup before the end of the regular season.

Primeau has been sidelined since sustaining a concussion in a game against the New York Rangers on Feb. 12. Fellow All-Star center Jeremy Roenick also went down with a concussion and a broken jaw in that game.

Roenick's status for the rest of the season is uncertain, though he did get reassuring news when an angiogram Friday showed no brain damage or aneurysms, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I really don't know where I am at," Primeau said Monday. "I'd have to say this is the most frustrating thing I have ever been through, because I really don't know how to gauge where I am at. I have good days and think I am making progress, then only to fall flat on my face the next day. It's really discouraging."

Primeau will be examined by a doctor later this week and could be cleared to increase his exercise.

"I don't know if and when I get the green light to push a little harder how long it will take me to get any kind of conditioning I lost back," Primeau said. "It's going to take me a couple of days. I can definitely say I feel that I have made progress."

Roenick told the Inquirer that he no longer is bothered by headaches but that he still has some dizziness during certain exercises. His visit to a Montreal neurologist has been pushed back until his jaw has healed more and doctors have removed some of the rubber bands, according to the newspaper.

There is no timetable for either player's return, the paper reported.

Coach Ken Hitchcock told the Inquirer that all of his injured players are making progress and that Eric Desjardins, who has a broken right arm, is skating and shooting pucks.