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Flyers’ Meszaros to have back surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Mar 19, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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Via, the Flyers announced today that defenseman Andrej Meszaros will have back surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

A small disc fragment in Meszaros’ lower back will be removed in the procedure that, based on the timeline provided by the club, will keep him out of the lineup until at least the beginning of May. That would mean he’ll miss the first round of the playoffs and possibly more.

Meszaros averages over 20 minutes a game and is third among Philadelphia blue-liners with 25 points, so this is a significant loss that’s coupled with the fact Chris Pronger is out for the season.

Fortunately for the Flyers, general manager Paul Holmgren was able to acquire defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman prior to the trade deadline. Otherwise they’d be seriously thin on the back end heading into the postseason.

Of note, Kubina remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. And it would seem the club is being fairly tight-lipped about his status.


  1. illbringdabeers - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    How many more injuries is this team going to face this year? Time to look at new Strength and Conditioning Coaches

    • shanehockey28 - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      I know it sucks man but sometimes this stuff happens. Should be proud they are playing through them I know I am. Hopefully we get Kubina back and who knows if they can make a deep run Mez can rejoin them. Hopin all this rest does JVR well could use a big playoff from him.

  2. dougr42 - Mar 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Bring up Matt Walker!

  3. bleed4philly - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM


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