Flyers Notes

The Flyers' orthopedic surgeon says Simon Gagne needs surgery to repair a double hernia, but the left winger wants to get a second opinion from his doctor in Montreal today, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

"Once he sees what's concluded, we'll move forward," Holmgren said yesterday.

The Flyers have placed Gagne on the long-term injured list, meaning he must miss at least 10 games and 24 days.

In the last four years, Gagne has had three surgeries in the groin and hip area.

"I don't think it is going to hurt to make sure that we get a second opinion and make sure we all see the same thing in Montreal that we do here in Philly," Gagne said. "We just want to do this to make sure it isn't something else."

Gagne will be examined today by Rey Brown, who has performed groin surgery on the winger in the past.

Peter DeLuca, the Flyers' orthopedic surgeon, recommended surgery to repair the hernias.

The Flyers had no timetable on Gagne's return, with or without surgery.

Holmgren reiterated that he has no interest in signing free-agent left winger Brendan Shanahan. For now, no one will be recalled from the AHL's Phantoms, Holmgren said.

Center Blair Betts is expected to return from a shoulder injury for Saturday's home game with Carolina. That would give the Flyers a forward who could replace Gagne.

The Flyers are off to a somewhat disappointing 5-4-1 start.

"I like our team, but we have to bear down on our chances and maybe dig a little deeper," Holmgren said.

Jones returning?

The Flyers have placed reentry waivers on Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Randy Jones.

If Jones is not claimed by another team by noon today, he will rejoin the Flyers.

"Right now, I think Randy can help us and that's why we're doing it," Holmgren said.

As part of a salary-cap move that enabled them to sign other players, the Flyers demoted Jones to the Phantoms last month. To get him back to the Flyers, he must pass through waivers.

Jones makes $3 million a year. Teams can claim him for half of his $2.75 million salary-cap hit. If no one claims him, his cap hit will be absorbed by the Flyers.

Gagne's $5.25 million salary does not count against the cap while he is on the long-term injured list, opening room for Jones' salary.

If Jones rejoins the team, a spot held by Danny Syvret or Ole-Kristian Tollefsen would be in jeopardy.

- Sam Carchidi