Desjardins collides with Roenick, breaks right arm

Updated: January 18, 2004, 8:17 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Philadelphia defenseman Eric Desjardins broke his right arm Saturday night when he collided with Flyers teammate Jeremy Roenick, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Desjardins needs surgery on his broken right forearm.

"Typically, this injury takes greater than eight weeks to heal," team physician Dr. Peter DeLuca said.

Roenick, who returned from a one-game NHL suspension, tried to check Toronto's Mats Sundin along the boards in the first period, but hit Desjardins instead. Desjardins went down clutching his arm before heading to the dressing room.

"Mats got out of the way at the last second. Eric couldn't get his arm out of the way. It got stuck in between us," Roenick said. "It's unfortunate. It hurts us."

Desjardins, a top defenseman, has one goal and 11 assists this season.

"It's a huge void for us," Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau said. "You don't replace a guy like that."

Roenick, the team's leading scorer, and several of his teammates have had trouble staying out of each other's way lately.

During practice on Jan. 7, Roenick was struck in the right cheekbone by an errant slap shot off the stick of Mark Recchi during practice. There were no broken bones, but Roenick needed 26 stitches to close a cut on his face.

Then on Tuesday, Roenick was high-sticked by a teammate during a loss at Buffalo.

Flyers defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is expected to be out 10 to 12 weeks after breaking his leg in an accident during practice when teammate Marcus Ragnarsson fell on him as the team was running a one-on-one drill near the net.

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