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Injury Update: No surgery needed

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Among the list of Flyers that are going, or have gone under the knife this off-season, Flyers forwards Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell won't be joining them.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren updated the media with the following statement on Carter and Hartnell.

"Both were checked for hip issues and neither will require anything done surgically."

Carter led the Flyers in goals during the regular season (36) and tied for third on the team in points (66) appearing in 80 of the Flyers 82 games.

Hartnell played in all 82 regular season games posting 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points, while leading the Flyers in penalty minutes (142).

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A day after announcing that defenseman Chris Pronger would need surgery on his back, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren updated his status following his surgery.

“Surgery went very well. A disc fragment that was pressing up against a nerve was removed.  Chris will begin a walking rehab in a few days. At week 6 post surgery will begin core strengthening. A full recovery is anticipated.”

Holmgren also updated the status of forward Kris Versteeg, who had surgery to repair two tears in abdominal wall. The surgery went well according to Holmgren and Versteeg will begin rehab in 10 days.

Michael Leighton’s surgery yesterday also went well and he will begin rehab in just a few days. Leighton had surgery to repair a torn labrum.

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A day after announcing the Flyers injury list to the media, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave an update to those players who needed surgery.

Chris Pronger was the only unknown on the surgeon’s list, however it was found out that he will in fact go under the knife on Thursday.

Pronger will have surgery, a procedure called a discectomy, which will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

A discectomy is the removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord. The procedure is the removal of the center portion of an intervertebral disc which causes pain by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves.

It will be the fourth surgery for the defenseman in the last nine months (July 2010 - knee, December 2010 - foot & March 2011 - hand).

Among the Flyers who have already had surgery are captain Michael Richards, who underwent successful surgery to repair his LEFT wrist, which has bothered him since training camp. He is slated to begin rehab in four weeks.

Andrej Meszaros also had surgery on his wrist today. He had torn cartilage repaired in his RIGHT wrist.

Flyers center Blair Betts underwent a procedure to have his left pinkie finger repaired and will begin rehab in four weeks.

As for goaltender Michael Leighton, he is undergoing surgery as of 4 p.m. ET to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

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Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren addressed the media today for an end-of-season evaluation and report.

At the forefront of the press conference were player injuries, and the list is longer than expected.

Flyers captain Michael Richards will need off-season surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. The injury, Holmgren added had been bothering him since the beginning of the season, starting with training camp back in September of 2010.
Richards posted 66 points (23G-43A) in 81 regular season games.

“It hasn’t kept him out of the line up, but it has inhibited his play and certain aspects of his performance in the faceoff circle and I think it’s affected his shot,” said Holmgren. “The medical opinion was that he could continue to play through it without damaging it any further.”

Richards appeared in 81 of 82 regular season games, missing only one game on Feb. 18 at Carolina due to sudden flu-like symptoms.

He posted 43 assists and 66 points to tie for third on the team in scoring during the regular season. He also appeared in all 11 playoff games, where he recorded seven points (1G-6A).

In addition, defenseman Andrej Meszaros will also need surgery on his wrist.

You can add Kris Versteeg, Blair Betts and goaltender Michael Leighton to the surgeon’s list as well.

Versteeg will need a repair to his stomach muscle, while Blair Betts needs surgery on his finger and Michael Leighton will have surgery on his hip.

Leighton is not the only Flyers with hip issues, still being evaluated are Flyer forwards Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell, who are also dealing with hip issues. More information is expected later in the week.

Holmgren also confirmed that Chris Pronger is dealing with lower back issues that is causing diminished leg strength and will be seeing a couple doctors today and over the course of the week.
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