After what seemed like an interminable wait, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren finally released the list of players who will require/already underwent offseason surgeries:
Wayne Simmonds – Had surgery to repair broken left index finger. Recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks.
Matt Carle – Had surgery to repair torn stomach muscle. Recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks.
Claude Giroux – Had surgery on his right wrist to repair torn cartilage and surgery on his left wrist to remove bone spurs. Recovery time is six weeks.
Kimmo Timonen – Will have surgery next week to remove a disc fragment from his lower back. Full recovery is expected in 8-to-10 weeks.
James van Riemsdyk – Will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Recovery time is six weeks.
What’s more surprising/shocking: the fact that van Riemsdyk suffered yet another injury in need of surgery, Timonen was playing with fire thanks to a potentially serious back issue, or that Jaromir Jagr is not on this list given his disappearance through a significant chunk of the Devils series?
One thing which should depress us most about these end-of-season revelations is that it’s always something borderline severe happening to key players — and that’s one of the primary reasons, year after year, that prevents the franchise from winning a Cup. Playing the “Flyers Way,” if there really is such a thing to be quantified, prevents players from being at least well enough to compete at a high level for four whole rounds.
The epidemic even reached the inner workings of the organization as well, as PR director Zack Hill reportedly had double knee replacement surgery last week.