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Meszaros to miss 6-8 weeks due to herniated disc

This season has not gone to plan for Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

On Monday night, his season got a little bit worse when the team released a statement announcing that the 26-year old defenseman was going to need to undergo surgery on a herniated disc.

"Andrej Meszaros will undergo surgery to remove a small disc fragment in his lower back on Wednesday, March 21," Holmgren said in a press release on the Flyers official website. "Surgery will be performed by Dr Alex Vaccaro at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Andrej will be out 6-8 weeks."

After coming into Philadelphia last season in an offseason trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Meszaros displayed attributes that made him a valuable asset to the team in the two-way game.

Capable of shutting down opponents in the defensive zone, Meszaros also excelled at jumping up on the rush and moving the puck in transition.

He was also awarded the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team's most outstanding defenseman.

This season he has failed to consistently do those same things, as he was a far cry away from the most outstanding defender on the team.

Weak in the team’s own zone and inaccurate when moving the puck, Meszaros had long stretches of mind-numbing play.

With that in mind, the team could use his veteran presence on a backend that has largely suffered injury this year.

With Andreas Lilja and Pavel Kubina also listed as day-to-day, the team has been forced to dress rookies Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning.

It appears they will now have to do so for an extended period of time.

However, the team has faired well with the rookies in the lineup and the injury could prove to be just another bump in the road.

It’s not like the Flyers haven’t dealt with this kind of thing before.

The story initially broke when Howard Eskin tweeted around the five o’clock hour that Meszaros was to have surgery for a herniated disc later this week.

An hour later the team released an official statement addressing the report.

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