Gagne sidelined by hernias

Flyers' left winger Simon Gagne was diagnosed with two small hernias earlier today. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

   The medical news on Simon Gagne is not good.

  The Flyers' left winger had an ultrasound Monday that showed he was suffering from two small hernias, the Flyers announced Tuesday.

  GM Paul Holmgren said the Flyers' medical staff  will meet with Gagne Wednesday to "discuss all options."

   It sounds as if surgery is forthcoming.

   The discovery of the hernias explains why Gagne hasn't had much zip this season. He has just one goal in nine games and hasn't looked himself.

    With Gagne sidelined indefinitely, the Flyers will now be missing three players who combined for 86 goals last year _ Gagne (34), Mike Knuble (27) and Joffrey Lupul (25). Knuble signed with Washington as a free agaent, and Lupul was dealt to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger trade.

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