No less than eight Flyers, including captain Mike Richards, have at least the possibility of surgery if not the spectre of actual repairs, looming in the offseason, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren.
Holmgren revealed the news during his end-of-season news conference and said Richards, who has been bothered by a wrist injury since training camp, will need to have surgery done.
Holmgren also revealed that four additional players will have a date with the surgeon’s table: defenseman Andrej Meszaros (wrist); forwards Kris Versteeg (stomach muscle) and Blair Betts (finger) along with goaltender Michael Leighton (hip).
Forwards Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell will be evaluated further to see if they also need hip surgery.
Meanwhile, defenseman Chris Pronger hinted he will need surgery to repair a herniated disc in his ailing back.
“It’ll actually be my fourth [surgery in a year],” Pronger said on a conference call Monday.
“I had my knee, my hand and my foot. I don’t know if it’s to that point or not. 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.”