Mar 142011
Flyers D Chris Pronger

Flyers D Chris Pronger

By Justin Adkins:

It appears the injury bug is not limited to Philadelphia teams currently playing in Florida.

The Flyers have announced that defenseman Chris Pronger will undergo surgery on his broken right hand, with the expectation that he will be out around 3-4 weeks. 

“Chris had a CT scan on his right hand on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. 

Pronger initially suffered the injury on Feb. 24 when he took a puck to the hand/wrist while playing against the New York Islanders.  The severity was downplayed at first, but then Pronger ended up missing  the next few games after the hand showed continued swelling.

Upon his return to the ice on March 8, the 36 year-old veteran may have aggravated the injury futher, missing the past three games.  

“He did jam [his hand] against the boards [in the Edmonton game],” Holmgren said. “Whether that made it worse or even caused that little break, we don’t know.”

When the injury first occurred, Pronger had x-rays taken and an MRI performed, but nothing had shown up.  So with the recent aggravation, more measures were taken to figure out what was going on.

“A CT scan is the most thorough,” Holmgren said. “Obviously with continued concern about what was going on in there, we went ahead more for everybody’s peace of mind, and this was discovered yesterday.

“The way we’re going to deal with it, the doctors along with Chris and (trainer) Jimmy McCrossin sat down and talked, and we feel going in and just putting a little screw in this little piece of bone is the best way to move forward in terms of the healing process and get him back playing as soon as possible.”

The Flyers will again call up defenseman Erik Gustafsson while Pronger is out.  Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, and will be performed in Cleveland, Ohio by Dr. Tom Graham.

With the playoffs around a month away, Pronger should be back right in the nick of time. 

“I think he’ll be 100 percent,” Holmgren said. “The reason they want to put the screw in is to make it more stable. Given the timeframe of recovery after the surgery in three weeks, everybody seems to think it’s going to be more stable than it ever was, and it takes away any risk of re-injuring it.”

Make sure you don’t break anything crossing your fingers.

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