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Richards, Pronger Among Five Flyers Needing Surgery

Chris Pronger.  File photo provided)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Flyers captain Mike Richards headlines a list of five players that need offseason surgery. Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Tuesday.

Richards needs wrist surgery. Goalie Michael Leighton (hip), center Blair Betts (finger), defenseman Andrej Meszaros (wrist) and winger Kris Versteeg (stomach muscle) also need surgery.

Holmgren says forwards Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter will both be evaluated for hip issues. The Flyers could know Friday if they need surgery.

According to 610 WIP’s Howard Eskin, Defenseman Chris Pronger will have surgery in the next few days on his back, with a recovery time expected to be about six weeks

The Flyers, the East’s No. 2 seed, defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the first round in seven games, but were swept by the Boston Bruins in Round 2.

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