Chris Pronger Out Another Four Weeks

28 Nov

If bad already got worse, what do the Flyers do now? General manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that captain Chris Pronger will miss another four weeks because he will have surgery on his left knee on Tuesday afternoon. Pronger had not played in the last four games with that the Flyers called a “virus.”

On Sunday, he was listed as day-to-day. Now, he’s out a month.

“The surgery will be performed by Dr. Peter DeLuca,” said Holmgren. “The procedure will clean out some loose particles that have given Chris some problems over the last month or so.

“We were hopeful that the time missed with a virus that Chris has been fighting would settle things down in his knee but after an examination [Sunday], it was decided that the surgery is the way to go at this time.”

But Holmgren says that the knee injury had nothing to do with why Pronger was missing games.

“The reason he missed games was because of the virus,” said Holmgren. “This came up just recently and yesterday we decided the best way to attack this is with surgery now. But he’d been missing games because of the virus. It had nothing to do with his knee.

“He’s certainly feeling more like himself. If this hadn’t come up with his knee, we were still hopeful that he would be able to play on Friday. Obviously now that’s out of the question.”

Pronger had a similar operation done on his other knee in July of 2010 that caused him to miss the first two games of the season. Holmgren says he thinks this will only keep Pronger out four weeks, however.

“This has been an issue probably for the last month or so,” said Holmgren. “It’s been nagging and he’s been playing through it up until this recent battle with his virus. As I said, we kind of believed that he’ll be doing rehabilitation on a daily basis anyway and with some medicine he would start to feel better, but Chris saw the doctor [Sunday]. We had another MRI and we just decided that this was the time to get this taken care of.”

Pronger will be moved to long-term injured reserve either late Monday or Tuesday. Andreas Lilja will join him on that list with his high ankle sprain. The Flyers had sent Kevin Marshall back to the Phantoms following Saturday’s loss to the Rangers, but they’ll recall him. For now, that’s the plan. But the GM didn’t rule out the possibility of a trade.

“We’re talking about a lot of things here today,” said Holmgren. “Initially we’ll probably recall Kevin and try to figure out where we’re at at that point. Right now, that’s kind of the way we’re leaning.”

Nodl On Waivers

Andreas Nodl has been placed on waivers. Nodl, 24, had one assist in 12 games played. He carries with him an $845,000 contract. If he clears waivers, the Flyers can opt to stow him away in the AHL with the Phantoms, where his contract wouldn’t count against the cap.

“Andreas hasn’t played as much,” said Holmgren. “We’ll just gauge this and see what happens. At some point [Tuesday] if he clears waivers, we’ll see what we’re gonna do with him, if we send him down or just keep him. We’ll decide that tomorrow after we find out whether he clears or not.”

Injury Update

Holmgren also noted that Jaromir Jagr skated on Monday and is still a possibility to play on Friday. However, that is a long shot for James van Riemsdyk who did not skate on Monday and “didn’t feel very good.”

Brayden Schenn, who has played three games recently with the Adirondack Phantoms, was in town to see the doctor about his still recovering foot. Holmgren said that Schenn will be recalled to the Flyers at some point in the near future. In his most recent stint with the Phantoms, Schenn has two goals and two assists.

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