Holmgren in 'good spirits' following accident

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:21 PM ET

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren says he is "sore, but otherwise in good spirits" after suffering broken ribs and a broken shoulder in a bicycle accident Monday.

"It appears he might have hit a rut or something as he was biking in Avalon, (N.J.)," Peter A. Luukko, president and COO of Comcast-Spectacor, said Tuesday in a statement. "I know Paul, he's pretty fast on that bike so he probably went over pretty hard. The good news is that it's certainly nothing life-threatening and we'll have him back."

Holmgren also needed stitches on an arm and a leg, Luukko said.

Holmgren is in his sixth season as Flyers GM. He signed a three-year contract extension in January.

SELANNE PREPS FOR RETURN

Forward Teemu Selanne "wants to come back and play from a mental perspective" but has to strengthen his surgically repaired knee, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray told the Los Angeles Times.

"He is working out on and off the ice and trying to strengthen his knee. It's not quite where he wants it yet," Murray said Tuesday via e-mail. "He wants to make a decision prior to training camp."

Selanne, 41, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the end of June. The Ducks start training camp next week.

"I'm optimistic but certainly understand him not wanting commit unless the knee is straightened out," Murray said.

Selanne had 31 goals and 49 assists in 73 games last season, his fifth with the Ducks and 18th overall.

He is an unrestricted free agent but has said he would sign only with the Ducks.

NEW BLADE FOR OVECHKIN

Alex Ovechkin apparently has found a scapegoat for the worst statistical season of his career -- his stick.

The Washington Capitals forward announced Tuesday he is switching equipment companies, trading in his CCM for a Bauer.

I'm happy to be with Bauer," Ovechkin said. "It is a good day for me. I hope everybody will enjoy it, and my results and the team results will be better this year than last year."

Ovechkin has had trouble at times finding the perfect fit with his sticks. He has 301 goals during his six-year career, but scored only 32 last season.


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