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NHL Briefs

December 9, 2001

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Blue Jackets' Sanderson to have hernia surgery

Columbus, Ohio Left wing Geoff Sanderson of the Columbus Blue Jackets needs hernia surgery and won't be able to play for at least six weeks.

The team confirmed his condition Saturday. It has not been determined when and where Sanderson will have surgery.

Sanderson has just three goals in 19 games this season. He led the Blue Jackets in goals (30) and points (56) in their inaugural season of 2000-01 despite missing the last 13 games with a knee injury.

He missed 10 games this year between Nov. 2 and Dec. 1 with a back injury that he said was linked to his hernia problem.

"There was some discomfort down there since the beginning of the season," he said. Friday. "This brought it to a point where we need to get it fixed."

Sanderson had signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract during the summer. He put off signing a longer deal because he wanted to show he was back in top form as a scorer.

The 29-year-old Sanderson had four seasons of at least 30 goals between 1992 and 1997. He then languished and was traded from Carolina to Vancouver to Buffalo.

Wife of Flyers coach dies of cancer at 48

Philadelphia Jenny Barber, the wife of Philadelphia Flyers coach Bill Barber, died Saturday after an eight-month battle with lung cancer. She was 48.

Barber was behind the bench Saturday hours after his wife's death, at his family's request, coaching the Flyers to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

"For my family's standpoint, Jen and my kids thought I should be here," Barber said after the game. "On top of that, I felt the same way for my players that I wanted to be here for them."

Jenny Barber died at their Cherry Hill, N.J., home. The couple was married for 28 years.

"It has been a tough time over the past few months," Bill Barber said. "With everything said and done, our family is very strong and we are very comfortable with today for my wife's situation.

"We lost a great lady a true wife, mother, and a lot of other qualities."

Flyers captain Keith Primeau, defenseman Luke Richardson, and a handful of other players were informed of Mrs. Barber's death right before the game.

"We can't even fathom or imagine the intense stress that that's got to cause," Primeau said.

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