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More Flyers defensive injury woes: Andreas Lilja out four months

Aug 12, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

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The Flyers’ bad luck with injuries continues to roll along.

According a report from Swedish newspaper Helsinborgs Dagblad, defenseman Andreas Lilja will miss the next four months after having hip surgery. Matias Strozyk translates the story with these quotes via Twitter.

“I’ve had problems for a couple of years but usually the pain eased over summer,” Lilja said. “Not this year, so I needed surgery.”

“Now I have a new hip and the difference will be big when I return. Not least mentally, since I can now move without pain.”

Lilja tells the Swedish paper that the procedure he had done could extend his career by five years. Meanwhile, CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio could not reach Flyers GM Paul Holmgren for comment on the injury, but a source with the team confirmed to him Lilja’s status. With how labor talks are going, Lilja might not miss any games.

Lilja now joins Andrej Meszaros (Achilles’ tendon) and Chris Pronger (concussion) on the shelf with injuries.

The Flyers will now look to start the season with Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Nick Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson, Luke Schenn, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Bruno Gervais on their back line. They’d better hope Ilya Bryzgalov has a big bounce-back season.

  1. martysbetter - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    At least they don’t have any humongous big questions in net.

    • martysbetter - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      …oh wait

      • tbbolts91 - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:44 AM

        it’s okay guys (girls?) we might not have a season anyway.

  2. hockeyissweet - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    there better be some super secret shocking move in the near future because that d-line doesn’t impress me.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Karma apparently isn’t a fan of GM’s trying to sign RFA’s either

    • cleverbob - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      If its so horrible they shouldn’t allow RFA’s in the first place.

  4. swizzler16 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    word is keith ballard is available

    • elvispocomo - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Sure, if they want to send Voracek to Vancouver, they’d move him. They’d also take Couturier or Brayden Schenn if offered, most likely.

  5. philly8679 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM


  6. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    hahahaha this is the best news i heard all day!!!

  7. phillyphan93 - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM


  8. ricepilof - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    so expect a lot of goals scored when watching a philly game this season. kind of like this past playoffs only worse! bryz isn’t good without great defense. I can’t wait to see all the drama coming from that team this season.

  9. bcjim - Aug 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Lol, Philly. Its funny, they have some individually likeable players, but Pronger, bryz, their fans, and entitled mgmt make them do easy to hate.

    • freebie717 - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      What makes their management “entitled”?

      • bcjim - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        They think every player secretly desires to be a Flyer and those that don’t, they’ll just buy.

        “We are entitled to Weber, here is a gazillion rea$on$ why”

        “What? That didn’t work???? ^**($#()$)$&)&$*)&A$#@!!!!!”

  10. cameltoews - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    The Atlantic will tear that defense apart.

  11. phillyphever - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Ok, since when’s Lilja a big loss? Come on, the guy’s a turnstile out there. I would still go with the kids and see what they can do. Plus, it’s about time to develop a defensemen than buy one.

    • phillyphever - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Plus, who’s really out there that isn’t gonna cost an arm and a leg to get (Yandle) or has an anchor of a contract (JBow) that’s actually good?

  12. philly4lyfe - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    And I’m sure the first big hit next season that turns crosbys brains into scrambled eggs will be the best news flyers fans hear that day. And it’s not like our 7th-8th dman is a huge loss that we can’t recover from, unlike when you lose crosby.

    • claysbar - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Yeah because contending for not only the 1st in the Atlantic and 1st for the Eastern Conference while not having Crosby for the majority of the year was so devastating to the Pens two years in a row.

  13. philly4lyfe - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I’m sorry, I thought malkins disappearing act in the playoffs was implied.

    • claysbar - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      When one oblivious remark is discounted, by all means, make another

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      8 points in 6 games ( malkin vs flyers), 1 point in 5 games ( giroux vs devils). You tell me who pulled the Houdini?

      • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Giroux set a team record for points against the pens and totaled 17pts in 10 playoff games. Malkins 8pts were totally hollow as he was basically shut down by Couturier.

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Haha 8 points in 6 games are “hollow” and he got shut down. I did not realize points in the NHL playoffs could be hollow. I love flyer fans take on stats. Malkin averaged 1.3 points per game and giroux 1.7 but have a flyer fan tell you and giroux produced all star number while malkin got shut down.

  14. muir6 - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Flyers suck

  15. muir6 - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    What’s worse Philly forever or flyer for life , first round losses no goaltending and a pile of excuses Win something dynasty town!

  16. luvusa1 - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Wait to be original Muir. Your mommy help you with that post?!

  17. muir6 - Aug 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    No your did

  18. theageofquarrel - Aug 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    This is gonna be GREAT!!!

  19. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    hhahahaa soup can sid is going to embarass the flygirls as usual!!! the franchise has spoken. respect our joxxx

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      embarrass the flyers? I’m pretty sure all Crosby did against the flyers in last seasons series was embarrass himself. “I don’t like them! waah”. He instigated almost every single fight in that series and then like always left the mess for his teammates clean up. I thought for sure he was gonna steal the puck and run home crying

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        You mean like pronger in the cup finals you lost?

      • theageofquarrel - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        But,but,but a Flyer would NEVER do that sort of thing…..they are the most upstanding franchise ever.They win the cup every year,sign all the big name free agents and have the greatest fan base EVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRRR!!!!!!

        On second thought. No, they are crap and so is there fanbase

      • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        Pronger never started fights he couldn’t finish. he may have been dirty sometimes but he was open about it. Crosby tries to act like an angel when he’s whining to the refs then when they turn their backs he pulls some grimy moves. Malkin too. The flyers have a somewhat deserving rep, but the pens and their stuck up management (primarily Lemieux) have the gall to cry about cleaning up the game while they’re out headhunting

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        May I refer you to the play giroux got suspended for in the playoffs. It had whining to the refs and head hunting all wrapped in 1.

      • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        I won’t defend Giroux on that play, he lost his composure after the refs missed a call and it was dumb/uncalled for. But c’mon that wasn’t even close to as bad as James Neal leaping into Couturier who didn’t even have the puck or Aaron Asham slamming Schenn’s face into the ice. Not to mention Malkin throwing elbows at the back of Giroux and Couturiers head. Im just tired of the Penguins acting like they’re god’s gift to hockey while their fans whine about how dirty the Flyers are. It goes both ways, and in that series the flyers weren’t the instigators

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        I understand and agree with some of what you say. Neal like giroux lot his cool but schenn headshotted Paul martin prior to ashams croshcheck which gave martin a concussion and put him out the rest of the series. To say the flyers weren’t at all instigators in that series is very inaccurate. Still can’t wait to see hartnell shoving off goal posts after every goal scored against him next year. Here’s to hoping there’s no lockout!

  20. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    It’s ashame that Lilja is hurt but he isn’t going to make or break the season for the Flyers. Gus and MAB will be expect to play on the same level as last season, if not better. I’m not sure who is out there but I wouldn’t be surprised if Homer waits to see how this team plays prior to the deadline. Btw, it’s nice to have hockey back on the horizon. Hopefully things won’t get too nasty after Sept. 15.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      i agree completely, Lilja is no big loss. In fact I’d rather he not play at all as he was basically a statue out there. Bourdon’s not much quicker however, but he can hit and has a decent shot. I prefer Gustafsson. He’s similar to timmonen on offense but not close on the defensive side, as he seemed to be out of position a lot.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Haha my man. We are coming from the same place of thought. Gus is a mini Timonen. MAB seems to get more love for some reason. He doesn’t use his head as much as I would like him to. I do think that Gus is better defensively than offensively. He isn’t as physical as Kimmo though. The same can be said offensively too. Regardless, both can be serviceable as a the 6th D-man on the depth chart.

  21. natlbnkilr - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    K-A-R-M-A… Since the Flyers STUPID GM decided to sign another UFA, and fail to land him… there’s NO chance a team helps them by making a trade for a D-man. Should have given the Preds whatever they wanted for the best in the business. Oh… well! Coming from this Preds fan.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    • hockeyissweet - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      preds are terrible

  22. icdogg - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Interesting that people actually think that Flyers fans are very upset about not having Lilja.

  23. mclovinhockey - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    What a horrible post.
    I give it to sportsfreak for having one of the only negative posts that was intelligent.
    This is not a loss at all for Philly. Flyers were not innocent last playoffs but the pens def were worse.
    Giroux still managed to be A playoff leader in points while only playing 2 rounds…

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      haha thanks man. I agree that last year the pens were worse then the flyers discpline wise. It actually made me very disapointed and sucked more then losing the series Even though we support teams who are bitter rivals doesnt mean we have to hate each other. We will always have our disagreements due to the competive nature of the game but at least we all support and love the game itself!

  24. wicky888 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Losing Lilja wouldn’t have been a big deal, if we hadn’t already lost Mezaros and not signed Weber. At this point, every little bit hurts.

    Malkin was not “shut down” by the Flyers this past year. They kept him relatively quiet during the first 3 games while going up 3-0 in the series, but Malkin woke up after that.

    I know the Flyers are no angels, but the Penguins behavior up to game 3 in the series was atrocious. Three players were suspended, Crosby totally lost his composure, and Malkin threw several cheap shots. The reason this angers every other hockey fan on the planet is that Crosby and Malkin get away with it. The league also went light on the Penguins suspensions. If the Flyers had done what the Penguins had, we all know Shanny would have lowered the boom on us.

  25. chrisvegas - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Seriously Pens fans need to show some class. Every Flyer article this offseason has had some bitter Pens fan crying about the Flyers. Grow up already. Nothing wrong with hating a rival, but it doesn’t mean you can show some respect. Plus an injury isn’t the place to take shots at opponents. Flyers will make a move and take care of the Defense like they always do.

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