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Pronger out 4 weeks after having knee surgery

In a bizarre turn of events, Chris Pronger's "virus" has landed him some injury time.

Apparently, while people were under the impression Pronger's absence was due to a virus, it was the left knee that has kept the Flyers captain out for the last handful of games.

General manager Paul Holmgren said that Pronger will have surgery on his left knee tomorrow and it will keep the 37-year-old defenseman out for up to four weeks.

The Flyers brought back up top prospect Brayden Schenn while moving Pronger to the long term injured reserve. Schenn could see immediate action as the Flyers play in Anaheim on Friday and in Phoenix on Saturday.

Holmgren had this to say in his statement:

“Chris will have surgery on his left knee tomorrow afternoon. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Peter DeLuca. The procedure will clean out some loose particles that have given Chris some problems over the last month or so.

“We were hopeful that the time missed with a virus that Chris has been fighting would settle things down in his knee but after an examination yesterday, it was decided that the surgery is the way to go at this time. We expect Chris will be back playing in 4 weeks.”

The Flyers could also recall defenseman Kevin Marshall. They sent him back down after the game on Saturday against the Rangers but now he's a possibility to return.

"I think initially we'll probably just recall Kevin and try to figure out where we're at at that point," Holmgren said in a conference call. "But right now that’s kind of the way we’re leaning.”

The Flyers weren't lying about Pronger's virus but they were using it to cover up much bigger things, something that isn't new anyone.

This impacts the Flyers majorly. Pronger is their best defenseman and is the quarterback of the power play. It will be interesting to see who steps up in his place, both offensively on the man-advantage and defensively.

It also could affect Matt Carle's play. The Flyers have seen his play drop from time-to-time when he isn't paired up with Pronger.

On a less serious note, with HBO's "24/7" nearing, less face time from the controversial captain will not go over well with the fans and HBO.

NODL ON WAIVER -- The Flyers have put forward Andreas Nodl on waivers.

Nodl has yet to really impress the Flyers brass. After four seasons with the Flyers, Nodl has only 28 points in 127 games.

The Flyers thought Nodl finally turned it around when scored 11 goals and registered 22 points in 67 games while a plus-14 last season. But that hasn't been the case this season, especially with the Flyers getting great production from their rookies and needing to clear up money.

"We’ll just gauge interest and see what happens," Holmgren said. "At some point tomorrow, if he clears waivers, we'll see what we're going to do with him – if we send him down or just keep him.  But we’ll decide his fate tomorrow after we find out whether he clears or not.”

This year, Nodl has one assist and minus-1 rating in 12 games.

LILJA TO LTIR -- Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja will join Chris Pronger on the LTIR.

Lilja is out up to six weeks with a high ankle sprain he suffered in last Friday's 3-1 win over Montreal.


-Forward Jaromir Jagr skated today at practice. There is a chance he plays this weekend.

-Forward James van Riemsdyk did not skate today and is a longshot to play by the weekend. "He wasn't doing too good today," Holmgren said.


Mark Trible's picture

Wouldn't be shocked to see the Flyguys go get some D depth

Mike Dusak's picture

need to go grab someone, can't have Bourdon and Marshall playing out there. Also can't afford more added minutes on Timonen, Coburn and Co.

Mark Trible's picture

Who do you recommend they try to get, Mike?

Matt Cefalu's picture

*shout-out from crowd* "Bryan McCabe!"

Mike Dusak's picture

honestly, there aren't alot of options, but with the powerplay struggling (granted have to see what it looks like with Jagr back) I think McCabe could be worth a flier. Big shot, good powerplay QB, could play some minutes to take pressure of Bourdon and Marshall too, but still not a ton for Homer to work with

Mr_BNuts's picture

Two words, "Kim Johnsson".

Homer really dicked the dog down on this one. I don't think he has the slightest clue how to really manage the cap.

Matt Cefalu's picture

Wow, I totally forgot about Kim Johnsson, which may be the reason why it's could be an issue. If Johnsson could stay healthy, he would most likely be plenty serviceable as 5/6 defenseman for the time being. But again, he has an injury history as of late and wouldnt solve the problem if he found himself injured again.