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Flyers Without LeClair and Gagne

November 30, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Flyers will be without star forward John LeClair for as much as 12 weeks.

LeClair and Simon Gagne were sidelined in their 3-0 loss to Toronto on Friday. LeClair said he will undergo surgery next week for a dislocated shoulder. The team estimates he will be out 10-to-12 weeks.

``There was a tear in the labrum,″ LeClair said Friday. ``That can heal on its own; it’s not a guarantee, though. Sometimes they pop back out. We’ll get (surgery) done and hopefully it heals properly.″

LeClair, who has 11 goals and six assists, underwent MRI tests Friday and they revealed more damage than originally thought. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday at Hahnemann University Hospital.

He was injured during the first period of Wednesday’s 7-2 loss at Pittsburgh. He fell awkwardly into the boards after a collision with defenseman Marc Bergevin.

Gagne also was hurt against the Penguins, but he is supposed to be out for a short time with a pulled muscle in his side. He might miss Saturday’s game at Montreal.

The Flyers have gone 1-5-4 after a 9-1-2 start.

LeClair _ a three-time 50-goal scorer _ was plagued by back injuries in recent years, twice having surgery. He had 25 goals and 26 assists last season and played every game.

LeClair had surgery in July to clean out scar tissue and was pain-free until Wednesday, when he skated off with his injured arm at his side.

Gagne has two goals and 10 assists this season. The left wing had career highs of 33 goals and 33 assists last season, his third.

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