VOORHEES, N.J. -- Simon Gagne compares his health to a
barfly who's had a few too many stiff drinks.
He stops short, however, of describing what he's feeling as any
kind of lingering symptoms from a concussion.
"Nobody has really said if it's a concussion," Gagne said
after the Flyers practiced Tuesday. "Right now, it's more a vision
problem and dizziness. I don't think they call that a concussion."
Gagne hasn't played for the Philadelphia Flyers since he was
knocked out of last Wednesday's game against Florida. He has not
been cleared to return to the ice.
He skated alone for about 30 minutes Tuesday and said he felt
better, but not quite ready to play. He considers himself day to
"I feel like everything around me is quicker," he said.
Gagne, who has four goals and eight points, needs to pass a test
administered by the Flyers that determines the effects of his head
injuries. If Gagne passes Wednesday's test and feels like he can
play, he could be ready for Atlantic Division-leading
Philadelphia's game Thursday at Montreal.
"I think it is a possibility now, but how strong a possibility,
that will be determined tomorrow based on his test and how he feels
on the ice," Flyers coach John Stevens said.
Gagne was hurt when his jaw crashed into the shoulder of Florida
defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a high check. Gagne tried to play a
few shifts, but left the game for good after he experienced
Nearly a week later, Gagne refuses to compare his situation to a
concussion he suffered in 2002, even though some of the symptoms
sound eerily similar.
"I think nobody knows what a concussion is," he said. "I know
the way I feel and I know what the doctor told me."