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02-04-2012, 04:26 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
This was an article from mid-January but any optimism by Betts, misguided or otherwise. was quickly diffused.
VOORHEES — Bet on Blair Betts playing hockey again this season ... at your own risk.
Whether it be for the Flyers or some other NHL team, the 31-year-old center with a bad knee made it clear on Monday that he wants back before this campaign comes to an end.
A source in the organization said something should be resolved in the vicinity of the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline.
Betts was thought to be a goner on Oct. 5 when he was claimed off waivers by Montreal. But four days later, after being examined by Canadiens doctors, Betts was ordered returned to the Flyers by none other than NHL commissioner Gary Bettman because of a failed physical.
Since then, Betts has been sort of the phantom (and, no, not Adirondack) of the Flyers' locker room. He hasn't played a minute of NHL hockey and the word was that his knee would never allow a return.
On centerman Blair Betts, he said Betts will not play this season because of knee and other injuries. Holmgren said he wanted to get Betts a game or two in the AHL to see if he could play, but his injuries are such that is not going to happen.
Betts has been working out lately at Skate Zone and even got his old locker back. Holmgren said Betts’ one knee is not responding to rehab.
Now, it appears that the Flyers' plans to get Betts back this season are shot.
“I met with Blair [on Wednesday]," Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He’s having a tough time, not just with his knee, but he’s got a lot of things going on in his life.
"I would say it’s safe to say he’s not going to play this year. I don’t think he’d be able to pass a physical or play right now."
Betts has been hampered with knee and shoulder issues since he arrived in Philadelphia on a tryout contract in 2009. He missed time when a blocked shot shattered the tip of his finger. Now, he has also been struggling to keep his energy levels up, as Holmgren alluded to, which has kept him away from most physical activity.
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