Hackett has vertigo, Ragnarsson a sprain

Updated: January 19, 2004, 11:28 PM ET
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VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers are falling like flies.

The bad news continues for the Flyers, who announced Monday that goaltender Jeff Hackett is being treated for vertigo and defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson is out up to two weeks with a sprained left shoulder.

Hackett is questionable to back up Robert Esche on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. He last played a week ago in a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Flyers said Hackett is undergoing treatment for vertigo, a false sensation of motion or spinning that leads to dizziness and discomfort.

Signed in the offseason, Hackett is 10-10-6 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

Goalie Antero Niittymaki was opposite Esche in Monday morning's practice.

Ragnarsson suffered his injury in Saturday's win at Toronto, becoming the third Philadelphia defenseman to get hurt in the last week.

Acquired from San Jose in December 2002, Ragnarsson has three goals, seven assists and a plus-4 rating in 43 games.

Eric Desjardins is out up to two months with a broken right arm suffered Saturday, and fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is sidelined some three months with a broken left leg sustained in Thursday's practice.

To replace Desjardins and Ragnarsson, the Flyers recalled defensemen John Slaney and Jim Vandermeer from Philadelphia of the American Hockey League.

Slaney, 31, has been in the Flyers' organization since being acquired from Pittsburgh in January 2001. He has appeared in 264 NHL games with Washington, Colorado, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville and Philadelphia.

Vandermeer has played 22 games for the Flyers this season, totaling three goals and two assists.

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