Recchi: I'm Ready To Play Again
Nov. 14, 2000
VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) _ Mark Recchi believes he has taken enough time off since his concussion Oct. 5.
Completely off the ice from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10, the Flyers' right wing expects to return to the lineup Wednesday night at Toronto.
Recchi said he is no longer experiencing the ``floating sensation'' and fatigue that plagued him during two other comeback tries last month. He has played only four games this season, the last on Oct. 21.
``My timing was good today,'' Recchi said after practice Tuesday. ``I worked with two lines and got a lot done. I'm not worried at this point.''
Coach Craig Ramsay saw enough positive things to give his approval for Wednesday night's game.
``I really look for jump, like quickness and he certainly showed that today,'' said Ramsay. ``As far as the game goes, it's decision-making. A lot of times, if you're overtired, you start to make some decisions that wouldn't be right.
``Mark was certainly quick the last two days. He's got those light feet that don't spend much time on the ice.''
Recchi could play on a line with left wing Simon Gagne and center Keith Primeau.
The Flyers got another good piece of news Tuesday. Left wing John LeClair, who underwent back surgery Oct. 21, practiced with the Flyers for the first time and reported no problems.
LeClair hasn't set a timetable for a return but he seems to be ahead of schedule. Doctors had set a minimum of six weeks or approximately Dec. 4 as a possible return date. LeClair could be back in about 10 days, which would put him in about 10 days early.
This is the longest injury absence of LeClair's 10-year career. Before this season, LeClair had played in 441 of a possible 447 games since joining the Flyers in 1994-95.
Ramsay said it is up to the Flyers' doctors and trainers as to when LeClair can play.