Aug 042010

August 4 Philadelphia Daily News

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger had minor knee surgery last week, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

“He will be ready for the start of training camp [in September],” Holmgren said.

Pronger had “loose bodies” removed on July 27 by Dr. Peter DeLuca at Virtua’s outpatient facility in Voorhees, N.J. Pronger has begun to rehab the knee.

Pronger, who will be 36 in October, played all 82 regular-season games last season, his first with the Flyers. He had 10 goals, 45 assists and 79 penalty minutes. In 23 playoff games, Pronger had four goals, 14 assists and 36 penalty minutes.

Pronger averaged more than 25 minutes of ice time during the regular season and nearly 30 minutes in the playoffs, as the Flyers made a run to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Blackhawks in six games.

Coach Peter Laviolette talked yesterday about how the Flyers‘ acquisition of defensemen Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell and Matt Walker in the offseason should help keep down the ice time of Pronger and Kimmo Timonen.”

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