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The Rehab Begins

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Three of the six Flyers who underwent off-season surgeries talk about the procedures and progress during their current rehab:


MESZAROS’ WRIST
While most people focused on Flyers captain Michael Richards needing surgery on his wrist, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros also had surgery to repair cartilage. His surgery however was in his right wrist.

“It’s been pretty good so far. All of the pain is gone, but we’ll see what the doctor says,” said Meszaros.

The Flyers’ Barry Ashbee Award winner for this past season did admit that the injury hampered his play, especially towards the end of the season and playoffs.

“It was bothering me [in the playoffs] and I was taping it pretty much every game,” said Meszaros. “I was sore when I was going into the corner to battle for the puck or shooting. It just wasn’t the same.”

BETTS’ FINGER
Blair Betts was recently spotted at the practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. and gave an update on what doctors actually performed during the surgery.

“It was broken through the joint so it never really healed,” said Betts. “Basically all they did was go in there, set it and put a couple pins in. It was a minor surgery and I think the pins come out in about four weeks.”

“It was tough having only a four finger grip on my stick,” said Betts, who sustained the injury on Feb. 19 at Carolina and was forced out of the line up until Mar. 3, missing four games.

“It was painful at times, but only when I got wacked or took a shot off of it, but for the most part it was bearable.”

Betts played in all of March and missed the final three games of the regular season, however appeared in all 11 Flyers playoff games. Once the off-season came around, he is certainly glad to finally have it taken care of.

“I feel great. After the surgery there wasn’t a whole lot of pain and discomfort for the first couple of days and now I hardly even notice it.”

Overall, Betts recorded five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 75 games and was a key component in the Flyers penalty killing unit.

LEIGHTON’S HIP
Moving on in the injury column, goaltender Michael Leighton received good news following his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

“Doctor said he was happy with the way things went,” said Leighton. “It’s a little stiff, so I want to stretch it out as much as I can… I’ll be on crutches for four weeks instead of eight weeks, so that’s very positive.”

Leighton underwent surgery on Wednesday, May 11.

“I started rehab the next day, so it will be slow moving for a little bit and I’ll kind of work my way into it.”
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