Flyers Injury Updates: Andrej Meszaros, Danny Briere And Chris Pronger
1/8/2013 11:45:00 AM
With the NHL season right around the corner, it’s time to take stock on some of the walking wounded who are slowly returning to the area for the Flyers pre-training camp camp.
Defenseman Chris Pronger is still on the LTIR and it’s starting to look more and more likely that he might not ever don the orange and the black again. The Flyers’ captain will join the team when training camp opens up but will not skate and will not be made available to the media.
Another defenseman, Andrej Meszaros, is still recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon that happened during the summer. He was cleared by a doctor on Monday to resume full hockey activity but Meszaros didn’t sound took confident when asked by CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio about whether or not he would be able to play.
“I don’t know,” Meszaros said after a player scrimmage Monday. “It’s tough to say. I really didn’t have a full practice with everything. Or a scrimmage.
“The speed of the game … it’s a great tempo but it’s not – I have to try it. Once we start practicing with the whole team and do scrimmages, then I can actually say whether I can. I can’t really tell right now.”
With Pronger not in the plans, the Flyers will be leaning heavily on 37-year-old Kimmo Timonen and Meszaros.
Possibly the biggest name on the informal injury report is winger Danny Briere. He suffered a left wrist injury in late December while playing for Eisbaren Berlin of the German league and his status is questionable going forward.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren admitted yesterday when speaking to the media that Briere’s injury is concerning but also said that missing a few games to get healthy wouldn’t be the worst outcome.
“We'll see in the next few days once our doctors get their hands on him,” said Holmgren. “I don't think it's serious, but we'll see. The fact that Danny was playing probably was good. Missing a little bit of time isn't that big of a deal.”
Briere was tearing up the DEL with 10 goals and 34 points in 21 games. He had arguably his worst regular season with the Flyers in 2011-12 with 16 goals and 49 points in 70 games. He atoned for himself in the playoffs when he led the postseason with 8 goals and an astounding 30.8 shooting percentage.