Aug 12, 2012, 3:43 PM EST
Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com heard from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to get the update on Lilja’s status and things aren’t quite as bleak as initially feared.
“He did have surgery [and] should be back late October or early November,” Holmgren texted CSNPhilly.com on Sunday afternoon.
Should the season start on time, that means the Flyers will start the year without Lilja, Andrej Meszaros, and Chris Pronger. With the latter two being starters, that makes life a bit harder on Philly along the blue line.
Without an experienced guy like Lilja to help provide depth, the young Flyers defensemen that got a trial by fire last season will again be counted on to carry the load. At least that’s something Philly’s already used to.
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