Pronger not expected to be ready for camp

The Flyers may be without hulking blueliner Chris Pronger for the start of the season. (Walter...

The Flyers may be without hulking blueliner Chris Pronger for the start of the season. (Walter Tychnowicz/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 9:59 PM ET

Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger has resumed working out in the Philly area, just two weeks after undergoing surgery to fix a wonky right knee.

Pronger had arthroscopic surgery on his knee to clean up some loose material. He was originally hoping to avoid going under the knife, even though the surgery is relatively minor, but the knee was bothering him while he was on vacation with his family. He started rehab on the knee Monday.

Even though he's still got plenty of time, he doesn't expect to be 100% healthy at the start of training camp on September 17. And he might not even be available when the Flyers open the season Oct. 7 against the Penguins.

"I hope to be in the lineup on Oct. 7, but it is still very early on in the process to begin guessing on a timeframe," Pronger told the Flyers web site.

"A lot can happen over the next few weeks and months but absolutely that is one of the goals."

Pronger isn't sure when he will be ready to get on the ice again.

"I do not have a time frame," he said. "The team knows that. I spoke to the doctor and trainer and it is really just about when my knee feels good and strong again. I don¹t want to come back early and play a couple of games and then be out of the line-up and then play a few more and be out.

"I want to come back when the knee is as close to 100% as possible so I can play every single game from then on."

Pronger says he hurt the knee in overtime of Game 1 of the conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins.


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