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Keith Primeau | Center

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (46) / 11/24/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Drafted: 1990 / Rd. 1 (3) / DET

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Former NHL star Keith Primeau thinks a lockout is likely in the NHL this season.
He just hopes it doesn't last long. Speaking on the York Report on Friday night, Primeau said: "I think there will be a lockout," and gave the impression that he believes the NHL owners have pre-determined the strategy. NHL Players' Association head Donald Fehr said: "If there is a mutual will to get this done, if we can find a common platform around which to construct an agreement, then obviously there is plenty of time in which to do that. Unfortunately, what you saw in the last two negotiations in football and basketball, and can be argued what happened in hockey in 2004, is that the lockout was the strategy of first choice, not the strategy of last resort. I hope that’s not true this time, but time will tell." Sat, Aug 18, 2012 10:56:00 AM

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Keith Primeau was named director of player development and special assistant to the general manager of the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League.

The former NHL player was forced to retire in 2006 due to concussions, but it's nice to see him sticking around the game in some capacity at the professional level. He was coaching his sons' youth teams and serving as an assistant at Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, N.J. prior to taking the job in the ECHL. "I discovered I had a real passion for (coaching), but I missed the competition at the higher levels," Primeau said. "This will reintroduce me to the game at the professional level and still (allow) me to follow through with the commitments I made prior."
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 07:24:00 AM

Keith Primeau has officially retired from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 15-year veteran was forced to retire due to lingering post-concussion symptoms that failed to alleviate over time. The third overall pick in the storied 1990 NHL entry draft accumulated 266 goals and 619 points in 909 games, as well as 1541 PIMs. We wish the power-forward well, and hope that he can enjoy a long, healthy life outside of hockey.
Thu, Sep 14, 2006 05:51:00 PM

Keith Primeau is reportedly going to announce his retirement on Thursday.

Primeau is continuing to be plagued by concussion-related problems that have not resolved over the past year. "Although he's been able to do more, he really hasn't been able to eliminate all of his symptoms," Flyers team physician Gary Dorshimer said Wednesday. "He still having these symptoms and I can't clear him to go back to full activity." There is expected to be a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, so we will see if Primeau hangs up his skates at that time.
Wed, Sep 13, 2006 08:04:00 PM

Keith Primeau may be announcing his retirement by the end of the week.

Reportedly Primeau could make an announcement shortly. "I've had those discussions with my wife and I will have something more to say about it either Wednesday or Thursday," Primeau explained to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's very tough to face," explained Primeau regarding leaving the team and the game behind. "I have not talked to the club since last week. I had been looking to get myself back into a position to play." The 34-year-old has struggled with concussion-related problems for some time now, so we will see if he has actually played his last game in the NHL.
Tue, Sep 12, 2006 08:17:00 PM

Keith Primeau told media on Tuesday that there is nothing new to report with respect to his health.

Primeau continues to struggle with symptoms from post-concussion syndrome, but he would not specify which ones he sufferes from. He will continue to practice informally in order to increase his fitness level by the start of training camp in mid-September. At that point, Primeau will discuss his future with coaches, management and team doctors. Unfortunately, if he is not symptom free a year later, the future does not bode well for the hulking center. Steer clear of Primeau in your upcoming fantasy draft.
Wed, Aug 30, 2006 10:16:00 AM

Keith Primeau is still eyeing a return to the Flyers' lineup this season.

"I'm trying to become, or maintain, being symptom free as best I can, and then evaluate it when we get to camp," Primeau said Tuesday at the Flyers' practice facility. "I avoid the conversation of retirement with everybody," he said. "My wife doesn't bring it up, my family doesn't bring it up, and we don't discuss it. It's frustrating to think that it could be the end, but I refuse to say at this point in time that I am retiring when I still have a window. I'm not going to sell myself short. I'm going to give myself every opportunity to be ready and try and prolong my career." Right now we suspect Primeau may be able to return to Philly at some point this year, but given his previous history and current state, we cannot recommend him in fantasy pools at this time.
Tue, Aug 29, 2006 09:37:00 PM

Flyer coach Ken Hitchcock has been watching Keith Primeau skate the past few weeks and says he looks really good.

While Hitchcock could not comment on how Primeau feels, he was impressed with his speed and energy level. The power-forward maintains that it is his intent to be at training camp on September 15. Unfortunately, we are taking a wait-and-see approach with Primeau and his post-concussion issues. Even if he is cleared to play, remember that he is only one bad hit from retirement.
Fri, Aug 25, 2006 09:00:00 AM

Keith Primeau's return this season appears unlikely.

"Some days I feel really good and other days not so good," Primeau said after spending two weeks receiving cranium manipulation treatments from a chiropractor. "From those treatments, I definitely felt some improvement from a pressure standpoint," Primeau said. "But there is still not the consistency that I'd like to see or maintain for greater periods of time." He has still not been cleared to skate and it is looking more and more like he may be forced to retire. We shall see.
Sun, Aug 6, 2006 08:54:00 AM

Keith Primeau will decide his future by September 1st.

Primeau will try to skate hard four times a week in order to judge his progress from his latest post-concussion relapse. We hope that he will be able to resume his career, but it seems more and more unlikely as time passes.
Tue, Aug 1, 2006 09:06:00 AM

Keith Primeau intends to start skating on August 2nd in an attempt to revive his NHL career.

Just two weeks ago Primeau cancelled a training program in Finland due to post concussion symptoms. We are big fans of the hulking center but we are not optimistic about his chances of licking this ailment so soon after a relapse.
Fri, Jul 28, 2006 09:13:00 PM

Keith Primeau has cancelled his planned trip to Finland due to concussion symptoms.

Primeau made plans to train alongside Finnish teammate Sami Kapanen for a month in Finland. However, the plans were scrapped after meeting with the Flyers' team physician. The power forward has indicated that he will give his comeback one more shot prior to training camp. Unfortunately, the likelihood that Primeau can return to the ice is diminishing by the day.
Thu, Jul 20, 2006 09:29:00 AM

Keith Primeau's condition has improved slightly, but some post-concussion symptoms remain.

Unfortunately, it seems to be more of the same for the gritty center. His condition would improve and worsen throughout the season, and the cycle seems to be continuing. Primeau is to be evaluated again in two weeks, but his return to the Flyers is very much in the air. Steer clear of Primeau in your upcoming draft.
Wed, Jul 12, 2006 10:28:00 AM

The Flyers announced Tuesday that they have named former Philly winger Dave Brown as director of player personnel to replace Ron Hextall, who became the assistant general manager of the Kings.

The 43-year-old Brown, who was the New York Rangers' head professional scout for the last three seasons and an assistant coach for the Flyers in 1996-97 and 1997-98,played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL, collecting 45 goals, 52 assists and 1,789 penalty minutes.
Wed, Jun 14, 2006 07:36:00 AM

Keith Primeau is symptom-free and finished his rehabilitation from post-concussion syndrome.

"It's been a 180-degree swing for me in the last three, four weeks," Primeau said. "My intention is to be ready for training camp." Even if he is ready for camp, Primeau is far too injury-prone to get serious consideration as a fantasy producer any more.
Thu, Jun 8, 2006 10:56:00 PM

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