Feb 252011
 
Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson

By Justin Adkins:

Flyers general manager has announed that the Flyers have recalled defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the Phantoms.

This is not exactly a good sign for Chris Pronger, who took a puck to the wrist/hand area while blocking a shot in Thursday night’s victory over the Islanders.  However, Holmgren indicated x-rays came up negative and Pronger himself says he’s OK.

“I had my gear back on but chose the better part of valor and decided not to,” Pronger said. “I couldn’t really grip my stick very well.”

Pronger is actually expected to play Saturday Holmgren said, though the defenseman reportedly didn’t practice this morning.  But if Pronger really is fine, it’s curious why the team would bring up a minor leaguer.

“Why would we call up somebody that’s playing down there to sit here? So we’re not gonna go through that,” Holmgren said.

Of course, 39 year old defenseman Sean O’Donnell is currently on the shelf with a knee injury, so there could be some ice time available.  O’Donnell was originally projected to be out around 10-14 days, so recalling Gustafsson could mean O’Donnell’s knee isn’t recovering as well as he and the team hoped.

Gustafsson’s last stint with the Flyers came in December following an injury to Kimmo Timonen.

“I think it was a great experience for me; it was great for the confidence,” Gustafsson said at the time.  “Obviously it’s a call you’ve been wanting your whole life, so it’s a special feeling. Even though I didn’t play I think I learned a lot by watching the guys and seeing how they prepare.”

UPDATE:

It’s now being reported that Pronger is now questionable for Saturday.  Apparently the hand/wrist is experiencing swelling.

“I would say his hand’s a little bit swollen,” Holmgren told reporters in Ottawa.  Holmgren also said it’s now too soon to tell if Pronger will play Saturday against the Senators.

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