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Holmgren: “Lilja should be back by late October or early November”

Aug 12, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

Paul Holmgren AP

Earlier we shared a report saying Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja would be out until December after undergoing hip surgery.

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.

  1. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Screw it at this point. Stick 5 fowards out there n out score everyone. Hahahha. Jk thats a terrible idea.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yeah it is lol but you know what yolo win games 9-8 like in the 80’s

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Yolo? C’mon man. Yolo? Lilja isn’t going to contribute much to the Flyers’ blueline, even when healthy. This news is just more of ‘when it rains, it pours’ type of mantra. Both Gus and MAB are better than Lilja. Manning looked solid during his short stint in the NHL. They have options when it comes to 6th/7th spots. It’s the top 4 that should have us Flyers’ fans concerned. I don’t think Homer is eager to part ways with any of the young players. The roster right now is probably what it will be come the beginning of the regular season, whenever that starts.

    • icdogg - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Yeah, my first reaction to this news was “Who gives a crap?” Lilja can probably help out with some minutes when he’s back, but doesn’t add much of anything.

      I agree, time to see what the young guys can do. No need to panic, it’s a long season.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Yes sir. Us Flyers fans know that the Boys will be in the mix. It’s an issue that Homer will have to address. Just doesn’t have to be now.

  4. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    flygirls arent outscoring any team. they suck

  5. phillyphan83 - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    awww, still sad over losing to us in the first round?? I thought you had “the franchise”??? you’re a joke man, grow up and get a life

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      To be fair, we don’t know if this person is a man or a woman.

  6. revansrevenant - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    This has the distinct feel of someone whistling in the dark.

  7. mclovinhockey - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    God soup can, give it a rest.

  8. mclovinhockey - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Oh and screw lilly, he is a scum bag and I really wish he didn’t wear a flyers jersey ever again…. Or any NHL jersey for that matter.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I don’t know…there are about 4 teams in the Atlantic division that I”d love to see Lilja playing for…Pittsburgh, NJD, Islanders, Rangers…

  9. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    that was trashadelphias closest joy to winning a cup lol pathetic excuse of a hockey team. get a clue and jump on board with PA’s franchise. SCA

  10. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Oh thank god… I thought that troll chased everyone away… I was lonely.

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