Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back

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Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that Vincent Lecavalier will miss three-to-four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his back, CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reports.

The 33-year-old center hasn’t played since Nov. 30 because of his issue, which was originally believed to be merely back spasms.

He’s had his fair share of bad luck with injuries the past few seasons, but the calendar year of 2013 has really presented headaches. Here’s a quick tally, which includes his final campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning:

  • He missed nine games last season with a lower-body injury.
  • Lecavalier missed three more with lower-body issues in October.
  • While he came back sooner than expected, he suffered a facial injury that sidelined him for one game stemming from a fight.

When he’s been able to suit up for the Flyers, he’s been effective; he has nine goals and 14 points in 22 games played. Unfortunately for Philly, it looks like he won’t be able to play until 2014 rolls around.

It doesn’t sound like the Flyers are going to make a trade or free agent acquisition in his absence, as Panaccio reports that Holmgren expects the team’s other 20 players to “step up.”