Simon shelved by injury

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET


 The Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 last night but suffered a big loss before the puck was even dropped.

 Chris Simon has been lost to the team indefinitely -- perhaps for the rest of this first-round series and possibly for the remainder of the NHL playoffs.

 Simon reportedly has a knee injury and had an MRI done yesterday. He was visibly limping after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks and during the off-day Monday.

 Like most teams at playoff time, the Flames refuse to disclose the status of their players, injured or otherwise.

 When asked yesterday morning about Simon's absence from practice, Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter said: "Guys who aren't on the ice this time of year are either sick, hurt or injured. He's one of the three."

 Simon led all Flames with two goals in the post-season, including the only one in Sunday's matchup.

 The 6-ft., 3-in. native of Wawa, Ont., also held a share of the team lead in points with three. He boasts a plus-1 rating.

 Simon, who won the 1996 Stanley Cup in Colorado, has seven goals, 12 points and 118 penalty minutes in 54 games in the playoffs all-time.

 In the regular season, Simon played 13 games for the Flames after being acquired at the trade deadline.

 He tallied three goals, five points and 25 penalty minutes.

 Prior to the deal, the 12-year veteran had 14 goals, 23 points and 225 penalty minutes with the New York Rangers.

 He has played mainly on the left wing alongside Chris Conroy and Jarome Iginla since joining the Flames.

 Oleg Saprykin took Simon's spot on the team's top line last night.


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