Pronger to have another surgery

The  Philadelphia Flyers announced this afternoon that defenseman Chris Pronger will have back surgery. The procedure, which is called a discectomy, will take place on Thursday in New York by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A discectomy aims to remove any material in a herniated disc that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord, by cutting out the middle portion of an intervertebral disc which causes pain by putting stress on the spinal cord or radiating nerves. It will be the fourth surgery in a calendar year for the veteran rearguard. Pronger’s most recent …

Flyers’ offseason surgery roster revealed

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 …

Mothers and Zebras

Admit it. There are times in the heat of the battle played out in front of your eyes while in the stands or on the couch, you’ve called one or more officials some word that begins with “Mother…” You’re convinced the dudes in the stripes, and in particular the pair with the orange armbands, are conspiring against your favorite team. But what about their side? The recently-retired Kerry Fraser is doing an occasional series over at TSN.ca focusing on the wheres and whys of the NHL referee. He has a new one up today, and as a public service, Flyers …

Counterpunches, Part II

The second — and regrettably, last – in what was planned to be an occasional series, in which Flyers Faithful scans the papers of the opposition to see how they’re portraying events. We make no assurance of journalistic integrity here. From the venerable Bob Ryan, columnist for the Boston Globe, Saturday morning: “Round 2 is over. With last night’s convincing 5-1 triumph before 17,565 enraptured followers at TD Garden, the Bruins swept the Philadelphia Flyers out of the NHL playoffs. Revenge is theirs. Retribution is theirs. Peace of mind is theirs.” Hold on a minute there, Buster…er…Bob. While no one can dispute …

Burn After Viewing

One of the best assets of the day-to-day living of an NHL player or coach, especially when the pressure is on, is the ability to play a game and then forget the outcome. Hopefully, there are 20-some Flyers who possess that trait, in the wake of Saturday’s 7-3 drubbing at the hands of Boston on home ice. Losses of this magnitude are maddening, if not historical. It was the first time the Bruins put up seven goals since Game 5 of their 1988 Wales Conference Final against New Jersey, and the first time the Orange and Black surrendered that many …