Thursday, September 15, 2005

Flyers sign Brian Savage to fill injury voids up front left by Kappanen and Forsberg

 PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Flyers wasted little time finding a replacement for Sami Kapanen.  After discovering Kapanen would be lost for 10 weeks with a shoulder injury Thursday, the Flyers signed left wing Brian Savage to a one-year contract.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but Savage made $3.25 million in 2003-04.  Kapanen, who played a major role during Philadelphia's run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2004 by switching from right wing to defense, suffered a partially torn right rotator cuff after colliding with a teammate during a workout last week.  He initially injured the shoulder while falling down last month.  "It's been sore ever since then," said Kapanen, who underwent an MRI on Wednesday and will have surgery next week.  "I still have been able to do the scrimmages and all that, but I guess it's time to fix it. ... I think it's better to fix it now than to try and play with a bad shoulder and get to the point where it needs to be fixed in the middle of the season and be in a bad spot going into the playoffs."

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