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Flyers - Lupul cleared for light work

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called it good news. Joffrey Lupul wasn't so sure. The GM said yesterday that Lupul will be able to begin some light exercising as early as today. It will be the first time the young right winger is cleared to work up a sweat since he was injured Jan. 5 in a violent collision with teammate Derian Hatcher.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called it good news. Joffrey Lupul wasn't so sure.

The GM said yesterday that Lupul will be able to begin some light exercising as early as today. It will be the first time the young right winger is cleared to work up a sweat since he was injured Jan. 5 in a violent collision with teammate Derian Hatcher.

"I know Joffrey's getting a little antsy and chomping at the bit, but we have to go slow with him here," Holmgren said.

He said Lupul would be evaluated in a couple weeks.

"Initially when I talked to [Dr.] Gary Dorshimer, he thought it might be 4 to 6 weeks and it looks like it might be in that time frame when Joffrey's back," Holmgren explained. "Quite frankly, we're just happy we're going to get him back healthy at some point. That was a scary injury for a young player. I think we got good news today."

Lupul, 24, was drilled as Hatcher hit Toronto's Alex Steen. Lupul suffered a concussion and a neck contusion in the area of his fifth and sixth vertebrae.

"I guess it's a step in the right direction," Lupul said with a shrug. "It'll give me an opportunity to gauge how I feel."

Lupul had 16 goals in the first 39 games and was on pace for his first 30-goal season. Now, it appears he'll be out until at least mid-February. If Lupul had his wish, he'd get an MRI exam in 2 weeks and be back on the ice shortly thereafter. That's not going to happen.

"They gave me a timetable of 1 month before I can participate in any contact," he said, "but I think that maybe we can speed that up a little bit with an MRI in a couple weeks and see if things have healed up. I'm overanxious, but I feel good. You don't want to sit out an extra month when you think you feel good. But I understand the severity of the injury and still have a little hope to be back sooner than that.''

He said he still has some swelling in the neck area, but otherwise feels OK.

"I thought it was bad news, but everybody else seemed to think it was good news," Lupul said. "I'm excited that I can start exercising, but I was hoping to be back in the lineup sooner than they're predicting.

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Reserve defenseman

Rory Fitzpatrick

was placed on injured reserve with a sports hernia. He has played only once in the last 15 games and must sit out a minimum of 7 days from yesterday . . .

The Daily News erred in reporting that the basis for the NHL salary cap was the 82-game schedule. It's actually the 187-day regular season. Sorry 'bout that . . . Last night was the 700th career game for Mike Knuble, who notched his 14th assist of the season. *

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