Ian Laperriere will start the season on the injured list, and even the usually upbeat Flyers right winger conceded Wednesday that he has thought about retirement recently because of post-concussion problems.
But don't, Laperriere warned, count him out just yet.
"I'm not retiring now," Laperriere said in a phone conversation. "My main focus is getting better."
An NHL source said he didn't expect Laperriere to play this season. If he does not, it wouldn't be surprising if his 15-year career was over.
Asked if doctors recommended that he retire, Laperriere said, "They recommended I don't get hit in the head anymore. But with the way I play . . . "