As if we thought Sunday’s OT win was some kind of all clear for the stretch run, we have this:
Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will have to undergo surgery to remove a small disc fragment in his lower back. Paul Holmgren made the announcement on Monday afternoon, adding that the procedure will be performed by Dr. Alex Vaccaro at Thomas Jefferson Hospital on Wednesday.
Meszaros has missed Philadelphia’s last nine games due to the injury. Up until his last appearance, on March 1, the rangy blueliner totaled seven goals and 18 assists in 62 contests this season.
The 26-year-old is expected be out of action for 6-to-8 weeks, which means he will not be ready until the second round of the playoffs at the earliest.
So that’s a lotta pressure on yet another iteration of an occasionally smashed-up backline to get the club past what figures to be a brutal first-round series no matter who they face.
In other roster news, defenseman Pavel Kubina, who hasn’t played since March 6, was officially given a status by Holmgren — the dreaded “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury.