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Hackett has vertigo, Ragnarsson a sprain

1/19/2004

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.