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Lapointe enters treatment program

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Lapointe
has entered the NHL's substance abuse treatment program, the league
said Thursday.

The Flyers did not elaborate on Lapointe's condition nor say
when he is scheduled to return.

"He's been having some problems so he voluntarily decided to
take care of them," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "When
he comes back we'll get him playing again."

The program's doctors, Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL and
Dr. Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHL Players' Association, are
supervising Lapointe's care, the NHL said in a news release.

The Flyers acquired Lapointe last March from the New York
Islanders for a fifth-round draft pick. This season, he has two
goals and two assists for four points and 10 penalty minutes in 19
games.

He signed a two-year contract with the Flyers in July.