Voorhees, NJ – Flyers center Peter Forsberg has been bothered by a right ankle injury and could face reconstructive surgery according to Flyers Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin.
"He just has laxity in his lateral ligaments in his [right] ankle and they need to be fixed," said McCrossin on Wednesday at the Flyers' training facility. "We tried the braces and we tried the skates, and they worked to some degree, and that's why we're going to go down and see another doctor down in Houston just to make sure that we're on the right path."
McCrossin was asked if the surgery is something that could prevent Forsberg from starting the 2006-07 season.
"It could be," he said. "It does put a lot of stress coming up through the groins and the abdominal area. What we're trying to do is, it's an old injury where they have to reconstruct it."
Forsberg explained that the injury was not necessarily painful, yet it still affected his play at times.
"It wasn't pain wise, but my foot didn't fit in the skate. It's been getting worse and worse, and somewhere down the road I've got to take care of it and I think I'm going to have to do it this summer," said Forsberg. "There are some games I didn't play good at all but in some games it felt good. It was a tough year, and I'd like to take care of it and come back and play healthy and play good again.
"It makes my foot go up and down in the skate and that's why I lose my balance. It's just very annoying because it feels like you can't do your best on the ice."
McCrossin also gave a long list of other current Flyers that will need surgery in the off-season.
"Michal [Handzus] is going to have his [left] shoulder done [Thursday]. Branko Radivojevic and Donald Brashear will have theirs done on Monday; they both have [left] shoulder surgeries. Turner Stevenson and Derian Hatcher are going to have their [right] knees done. They have small meniscus tears in their knees, and they'll have that done on Tuesday.
"Then we have [Sami Kapanen], and he's just going to go get that [right] shoulder cleaned up on the 18th of the month. I also have to get [Mike Rathje's] 3-D CAT scan done."