Five Flyers need offseason surgery

Between five and eight Flyers will have offseason surgery. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Between five and eight Flyers will have offseason surgery. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday that five players, including team captain Mike Richards, will undergo offseason surgery, while three others are being further evaluated to determine if surgery is a viable option.

Richards had been bothered by a torn wrist ligament since the beginning of the season, but still appeared in 81 regular season games and all 11 playoff contests.

"The medical opinion was that he could continue to play through it without damaging it any further, and take care of it at the end of the season," Holmgren said.

Holmgren added that the injury "has inhibited [Richard's] play, certain aspects of his play. I think it's affected his performance in the faceoff circle. I think it's affected his shot to some degree."

Joining Richards on the surgeon's list are forwards Kris Versteeg (stomach muscle wall) and Blair Betts (finger), defenceman Andrej Meszaros (wrist) and goaltender Michael Leighton (hip).

Forwards Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell are also dealing with hip problems that may need to be repaired surgically.

In addition, Holmgren confirmed that defenceman Chris Pronger is dealing with a lower back issue that is causing diminished leg strength.


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