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Flyers center weighs return after concussion

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers center Keith Primeau, who met Monday with a
concussion specialist in Toronto, could be done for the season.

Team medical officials told Primeau that he won't be allowed to return this season, the Philadelphia Daily News reported in Tuesday's editions.

He is still recovering from a concussion suffered Oct. 25 in
Montreal.

"It's just a difficult decision and I haven't set a day where I
am going to make any formal announcement," Primeau said Monday on the team's Web site. "I know that making the decision, though, is in the not-too-distant future."

Flyers general manger Bob Clark had asked Primeau to make a
decision by the end of the Olympic break in late February.

"I have since then been advised by the doctors that it may be
in my best interests to forego playing this year and continue my
rehab in hopes of returning in September," Primeau said.

"[Clarke] and the organization are all aware of those
conversations that I've had with the doctors, and I told them that
I would let them know as soon as I have made a decision and felt
comfortable with that decision."

Primeau was named captain in 2001, but that has since been given
to acting captain defenseman Derian Hatcher.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.