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12-19-2009, 11:24 AM
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Here's an article regarding Gagne:

Although he feels much better than he did at the start of the season, Gagne said it might take a few games before he is skating and shooting the way he did last season when he scored 34 goals.

And if there is a hint of caution in his voice, it's because Gagne has undergone four surgeries to repair his hip, groin and abdomen in the past four years.

Since the end of the 2005-06 season, Gagne has undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip (2006), a double hernia (2007), a bone spur and scar tissue (May 28, 2009) and a double hernia (Nov 3).

When Gagne tweaked his groin during Team Canada's Olympic camp in August, he rested it for about two weeks but lacked his normal explosiveness and managed just one goal and four assists in nine games.

Following Gagne's most recent surgery he was told he would need 6-8 weeks of rehab before returning to game action. He hit the six-week mark Tuesday and was adamant about not returning from the injury too soon.

Gagne said a Wednesday visit to surgeon William Myers assured him his abdominal area has completely healed and other than the breaking up of scar tissue, he should not feel discomfort.

Gagne's return allowed the Flyers to return Jon Kalinski to the AHL Phantoms. Laviolette said he plans on keeping intact the second line of center Jeff Carter with wingers Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere. The third line will be comprised of Claude Giroux between James van Riemsdyk and Arron Asham, with Blair Betts centering a fourth line with Ian Laperriere and Mika Pyorala.

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