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06-01-2004, 08:40 AM
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Kapanen is considering retirement.

According to two sources close to Kapanen, he informed the Flyers on his return home to Finland last week that he might not be coming back.


Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock did not have any immediate comment other than to acknowledge that Kapanen, like many of his older veterans, was emotionally devastated by the Game 7 loss to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals and is probably mulling a lot of things right now.

However, one source said the decision to retire has already been made.

"He probably needs a couple of weeks to rest and think it over," one NHL executive said.

Said a friend close to Kapanen: "It's not about the Flyers. He wants to go back to Finland and wants the kids in school there."

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