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Jones May Need Surgery

by Kevin Kurz / Philadelphia Flyers
Randy Jones will likely miss up to two months with an injured hip. (Jack Cassidy)

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(Voorhees, NJ) – Flyers defenseman Randy Jones may need surgery on a labrum in his hip, he said on Thursday morning from the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone.

Should he opt for surgery, his recovery time would be approximately six-to-eight weeks, he said.

“This is very disappointing. I was really looking forward to this camp and the start of the season and getting off to a good start,” said Jones. “It’s a little setback, but I’ll hopefully get this fixed and come back healthier than before.”

“It doesn’t sound too good,” said general manager Paul Holmgren of Jones’ injury. “I would assume [he's] going to need some work done.”

Although Jones did not say for sure that surgery was the route he will take, it may make the most sense to get it done now.

“Surgery would be the best thing to kind of get this fixed and take the discomfort away and not have any pain,” he said. “That’s the one main thing that would take the pain away. It’s either that, or just bite the lip for the rest of the season and get it when the season is done. We’re just kind of looking at different scenarios and get the best one done.”

Coupled with the loss of Ryan Parent for 12-to-14 weeks with a shoulder injury, the Flyers will most likely start the season with rookie Luca Sbisa on the roster. Sbisa was chosen 18th overall by the club in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

It may also force John Stevens to shuffle his blue line a bit, with the top pairing of Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn seeing time with different partners.

“We love them as a pair, but [Coburn] is at the point where he can probably handle a little bit more responsibility, and everybody who plays with Kimmo seems to do well. That might be the most drastic change that wasn’t thought of prior to now.”

Stevens is confident with the group he has, even with two of his expected starters on the sidelines.

“We think Vanaanen’s got experience in the league, and we think Eminger is capable of stepping up and playing bigger minutes. Sbisa is here and has shown some promise, and Kukkonen is a reliable guy. We’ll just figure out what works, but I think guys like Kimmo and [Coburn] will be asked to play big minutes early on.

“Good teams pick up those that are down, and that’s what we need to do right now.”

Holmgren was asked if the free agent market is a possibility.

“We’re checking around on a number of different things, but internally we have players around the Phantoms that we’re confident can do the job if that’s the direction we go,” he said.

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