Center out after having infected bursa sac removed

Updated: September 12, 2005, 8:22 PM ET
Associated Press

Philadelphia Flyers: Center Peter Forsberg had an infected bursa sac removed from his right ankle Monday and will miss at least two weeks.

Forsberg, who left the Avalanche during the offseason to sign a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Flyers, will miss most of Philadelphia's training camp, which opens Tuesday.

Florida Panthers: The team re-signed top scorer Olli Jokinen and defenseman Mike Van Ryn to one-year contracts and agreed to terms with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a one-year deal.

Jokinen signed a one-year, $2.5-million deal, but the Panthers hope to sign their team captain to an extension because he again will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Panthers didn't take Jokinen to salary arbitration this summer for that reason. However, the deal will get Jokinen into training camp, which opens Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Jokinen has led the Panthers in scoring in each of the last two seasons, registering 26 goals and 32 assists in 2003-04. That was down from 36 goals and 29 assists the previous season.

Bouwmeester hasn't signed his deal, but he's also expected to join the team in camp. The 21-year-old defenseman -- the third overall pick by Florida in 2002 -- set career highs with 18 assists and 20 points in 2003-04, his second NHL season.

Van Ryn led Florida defensemen with 37 points in 2003-04 while posting career highs with 79 games played, 13 goals and 24 assists.


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