Five Flyers will have off-season surgery, general manager Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday _ and that doesn't include defenseman Chris Pronger, whose back condition is still being evaluated by doctors and isn't expected to be known until later in the day. The five: Mike Richards (wrist), Andrej Meszaros (wrist), Kris Versteeg (sports hernia); Michael Leighton (hip) and Blair Betts (finger). Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter are also being evaluated for possible hip surgery, Holmgren said, adding he hopes to know their medical status on Friday. It will probably be known later Tuesday if Pronger will need surgery, Holmgren said. The GM said Richards dealt with an injured wrist since training camp and that it "inhibited his play in certain aspects - it affected his performance in the faceoff circle and I think it affected his shot." Richards, who had one goal in the post-season, has a torn ligament in a wrist. Holmgren did not know which wrist was injured.
At least 5 Flyers need surgery; Holmgren defends Richards
Philly.com | May 10