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10-09-2011, 10:25 AM
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Betts returned to Philly — fails physical with Habs

Don't know if you guys have seen this:

I have it on good authority that the #Habs have sent Blair Betts back to Philly because he did not pass his physical.

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Now, it appears that things aren’t going to work out in Philadelphia, either.

Betts said he is no longer “a part of the lineup.”

The Flyers are stuck. Since he is injured, Betts cannot be assigned to the AHL. He cannot be put back on waivers. As it stands, his $700,000 salary is counting against the salary cap, too.

That forced the Flyers to prematurely put Ian Laperriere on the long-term injured list on Sunday just to get under the daily number. The Flyers were banking long-term injury list cushion with Laperriere just on the regular injured reserve.

Instead, the Flyers don’t know exactly what to do with Betts. He has battled a number of injuries over his career, missing 27 games over the last two seasons with the Flyers alone.

“He’s going to get checked out here,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “We’ll see what the issues are, if there are any. And we’ll deal with them when, if we find out. I don’t know anything more. We knew he had a bone bruise from a game when he got hit with a puck. He had some blood taken [out] of his knee before.

“But our doctors cleared him and we placed him on waivers.”

Holmgren said that Betts is “a tough player” who has “played through a lot of issues.”

Betts said he was not surprised Montreal’s doctors found something. He has been dealing with a wonky left knee for a long time. Holmgren said Betts’ MRI in Toronto revealed something, but wouldn’t say what. Betts, 31, had practiced throughout training camp without missing time.

“I think it was just something that I’ve been dealing with for a long time,” Betts said. “It’s something that I’ve had to manage. But I think I’ve been doing as good a job managing it as I can.

“It’s something that causes me grief every day. They felt it was too much of a liability.”

Betts said it will be hard to handle with the fact that he is not a part of the Flyers’ team anymore, despite the fact that he is under contract and needs rehab. He is not sure whether he can have surgery to repair the knee. Even if he does go under the knife, there is no guarantee his problem will have resolve.

“We’re going to discuss that over the next couple of days and decide what’s best for my career at this point,” Betts said. “We’ll have to see what our doctors in Philadelphia think and go from there.”
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