Holmgren conference call 11/28

Q: How long have you known he’s had a knee problem? “Obviously Chris has played a long time.  This has been an issue probably for the last month or so for him that’s been nagging.  He’s been playing through it up until this recent bout with his virus.  As I said in my statement earlier, we kind of believed that through continuing the rehabilitation that he’s been doing on that, that he does on a daily basis anyway, and some medicine, that it would start to feel better.  But Chris saw the doctor yesterday and had another MRI, and we …

Rare virus, spread to knee, to keep Pronger out for one month

The Philadelphia Flyers are apparently on the forefront of a new medical breakthrough. On Monday afternoon, general manager Paul Holmgren revealed that defenseman and captain Chris Pronger, who has missed the last four games with a virus, apparently will be out of the lineup for another month following surgery on his left knee. “Chris will have surgery on his left knee tomorrow afternoon. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Peter DeLuca. The procedure will clean out some loose particles that have given Chris some problems over the last month or so,” Holmgren said. “We were hopeful that the time missed with …

Schenn comes off LTIR as Flyers shuffle roster again

The never-ending merry-go-round of daily salary-cap compliance continued on Tuesday, as the Flyers activated center Brayden Schenn from long-term injured reserve and promptly assigned him to Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Schenn was  expected to miss  4-to-6 weeks after suffering a broken left foot while blocking a shot during an October 26 game in Montreal. Prior to the setback, the former first-round pick of the Kings went scoreless in four games with Philly. Schenn earned a call-up after collecting four goals and four assists in four games with the Phantoms at the start of the year. In addition, the …

Depleted Flyers sunk by spunky Hurricanes

It’s only November, so you might be able to excuse Peter Laviolette’s club if they underperform in a relatively meaningless early-season home game. Still, it was hard to fathom that the Carolina Hurricanes came into Philadelphia and laid a 4-2 licking on the Flyers Monday night. After all, the ‘Canes played on Sunday night (a 3-2 win over Toronto) and traveled north less than 24 hours later. But without the services of Chris Pronger (virus) and Braydon Coburn (upper-body injury), the visitors were able to put a stranglehold on the game early and hang on for the victory. Alexei Ponikarovsky …

Jets work up big lead, hold on to down Flyers

The Winnipeg Jets played like a turbo booster propelled their skates during the first half of Saturday’s matinee. Good thing Ondrej Pavelec played the whole time. Despite rolling up a 5-1 advantage roughly midway through regulation thanks to a parade of defensive miscues and penalties by Philadelphia, the Jets fell prey to their own defensive follies but managed to escape with a 6-4 victory at MTS Centre. Bryan Little scored twice, Dustin Byfuglien notched a goal and two assists, while Nik Antropov netted a key empty-net score late for Winnipeg. Pavelec wound up with 27 stops in the contest, though …