Mario Lemieux won’t play for Canada in the Winter Olympics following his latest medical scare, and he’s got what he considers the perfect replacement in mind: Penguins rookie star Sidney Crosby.
Lemieux, talking publicly Saturday for the first time since being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat last week, told Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky several days ago he wouldn’t play in the Turin Olympics in February.
On a day when Peter Forsberg announced he would be returning to the Flyers’ lineup this afternoon against the Minnesota Wild, his No. 1 linemate went to the infirmary.
Simon Gagne has a small tear in his right groin, similar to the one that forced Forsberg to miss the last six games. Gagne will be off the ice for at least two weeks.
The left wing has had tenderness in the groin all season but has played through it. Yesterday, he told the medical staff his groin was bothering him more than usual.
An MRI exam at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital revealed a “partial tear… [in] one of his groin muscles,” trainer Jim McCrossin said. “He will be out approximately two weeks. Simon will begin rehab [today], which consists of therapeutic exercises, stretching and rest. We are going to keep him off the ice and [he] will be reevaluated again in one week.”
Todd Bertuzzi could be on his way to the New York Rangers, says the Rocky Mountain News, though the paper doesn’t mention who might be heading to Vancouver in return. The Rangers do have room under the cap, with a player or two heading to Vancouver, to accomodate such a trade. The paper also notes that Dominic Moore, brother of Steve, plays for the Rangers. The Edmonton Journal throws the Florida Panthers into the Beruzzi mix, suggesting that Nathan Horton and Mike Van Ryn would get the Panthers in the ballpark.