Chris Pronger has had more surgeries in the past year -- four -- than he had in his previous nine NHL seasons combined.

He has played in 1,154 regular-season games, another 173 playoff games and is two months shy of his 37th birthday.

He also has six years and $29.5 million remaining on a contract he signed with the Flyers two years ago.

So it seems reasonable to ask the Flyers' outspoken defenseman if he thinks his body, which has undergone surgical repairs to its right knee, right foot, right hand and lower back, might be starting to break down.

"I don't know if you could say I'm breaking down with broken bones and getting hit by pucks," Pronger said Monday in a conference call with reporters.

"If I'm going off last year, I'd say I guess I'd call myself a Band-Aid. Sometimes you just have years that don't go your way.

"I would like to think I'm past all this, but we'll see how I react once I start lifting weights and start pushing myself harder."

Pronger's two most recent surgeries -- he had a plate and pins inserted in his right hand March 15 and disk fragments removed from his lower back May 12 -- have prevented him from lifting weights, altering his normal summer workout schedule and, more than likely, delaying his start to training camp.

"The goal," he said, "is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season."