Pronger to IR; Harry Z and Holmstrom recalled

In a move that was not unexpected, the Flyers placed defenseman and team captain Chris Pronger on injured reserve Tuesday, eight days after suffering a serious right eye injury.

Pronger has been sidelined since absorbing the full force of a follow-through
from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski on October 24. After
initial examination, the 37-year-old was slated to miss 2-3 weeks while
recovering.

“I think he’ll get cleared to push it harder and probably get on the ice by
himself in the next few days and maybe by the end of the week get on the ice
with the team,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

As a result of the move, the Flyers were able to recall a pair of young
forwards, Harry Zolniercyk and Ben Holmstrom, from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.

Zolnierczyk — a Brown University product — netted his first career goal in his lone NHL contest, at Ottawa on October 18.

Holmstrom, on the other hand, went scoreless in his two-game call-up late last
season. He registered four assists in eight games thus far with the Phantoms.

In addition, the Flyers loaned defenseman Matt Walker to Adirondack to remain consistent with the 23-man roster limit. The 31-year-old failed to record a point, or do much in the way of getting notices, in three games this season. He also was saddled with a minus-two rating as a spare blueliner.

Philadelphia returns to action on Wednesday in Buffalo.