Flyers' leading scorer from last season Gagne returns
Gagne was cleared for full activity over the weekend and then practiced Sunday. He came through that well, and reported no problems Monday morning after skating again.
"I didn't have a lot of time to practice," he said. "I felt good yesterday, I woke up today and felt good."
Flyers coach John Stevens said he would monitor Gagne's ice time, but didn't have a certain number of minutes in mind. He didn't expect to use the star left winger in penalty-killing situations as he normally would.
Gagne took 21 shifts on Monday, logging 17 minutes, 30 seconds of ice time. He had five shots on goal but didn't score in the Flyers' 2-0 loss.
"I want to play that first game and I want to go through it," he said. "There is not a better way to test how I feel."
He hadn't played since he was knocked out of a game against Florida on Oct. 24, when his jaw crashed into the shoulder of Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a high check. Gagne tried to play a few shifts, but left the game after he experienced dizziness.
Gagne, who led the Flyers last season with 41 goals and 68 points, had four goals and four assists in his first eight games this season.
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