Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger told reporters Monday that his "year from hell" might include a fourth surgery in 10 months, this time to repair what is believed to be a herniated disc.

"I don't know if it's to that point or not," the 36-year-old defenseman said. "I've got to see what the doctors see, what their recommendations are, and then weigh the pros and cons to whatever it is that we decide to do, and go from there."

Pronger underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee in August, another surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot in January and a third surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand in March.

As a result, Pronger missed 32 of the Flyers' 82 games in the regular season and eight of their 11 playoff games. He returned from his broken hand to play games 6 and 7 of the Flyers' first-round playoff victory over the Buffalo Sabres, but apparently suffered a back injury and a pulled hamstring in the series opener against the Bruins.

Pronger said he first felt pain in his back in Game 7 against Buffalo but didn't know what it was.

"It just gradually got worse and worse every day," he said.

The Flyers went 2-1 in the three playoff games Pronger played and 2-6 in the ones he missed. That fact was not lost on his coach, Peter Laviolette.

"I really felt like we missed Chris in the Boston series," Laviolette said. "You saw the damage (Bruins defenseman Zdeno) Chara was doing at the other end of the ice and the difficulties we had.