Flyers left winger Simon Gagne underwent corrective laser eye surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and yesterday he said all went well.
Gagne said he had the procedure (known as PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy) performed because it was becoming bothersome to wear contacts while playing hockey. He has worn contacts for about three years.
"My eyes were very sensitive and I was always having to put drops in, so I decided to go ahead and get this done," he said, adding it would take "a couple weeks" before he sees the results.
Gagne, 29, said he has had problems seeing things in the distance. With the procedure, which did not involve any cutting, he hopes to have perfect vision.
After missing most of the 2007-08 campaign because of a concussion, Gagne made an impressive comeback and scored 34 goals this season.
With improved eyesight, he thinks his goal total may rise.
"The doctor said it should give me five to 10 more goals a year," he said with a laugh, "so I went ahead and did it."
Gagne accumulated 74 points this season, including a career-high 40 assists.
Phantoms welcomed. The Adirondack (ne Philadelphia) Phantoms were formally introduced to Glens Falls, N.Y, yesterday by their new owners, the Brooks Group. The club will be the Flyers' AHL affiliate.
"Having the Phantoms playing here creates some great rivalries," said Jack Diamond, the Glens Falls mayor.
"We're going to have a young, hardworking team. All of our players will be very active in the community," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "We're looking forward to writing a new history for hockey in Glens Falls."
The Phantoms will begin play at the Glens Falls Civic Center in 2009-10. The arena is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.
The Phantoms and nearby-rival Albany River Rats have asked the league to schedule them the maximum number of times allowed. They could face each other 12 times.