You can add Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers’ list of players beset by injury. Pronger suffered a broken bone in his right foot during Wednesday’s game versus the Montreal Canadiens. The 36-year old hulk of a defenceman underwent surgery on Friday to repair the bone, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action.
Pronger underwent knee surgery in the offseason, which forced him to miss a couple of games at the beginning of the season. The loss of Pronger comes while the club is sitting atop the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, having claimed the lead from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week. Oskars Bartulis is expected to take Pronger’s spot in the lineup while he recovers.
The Flyers already lost Matt Walker for 4-6 weeks after he underwent his second hip surgery in two months on Thursday. Walker was with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms for a conditioning stint, although, when and where Walker suffered the setback isn’t exactly clear according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Flyers’ infirmary is getting full as Walker was placed on long-term injury reserve along with Ian Lapperriere, who is out with lingering symptoms from a head injury.
In 31 games, Pronger posted four goals and 11 assists and was a +6. Not good news for a surging Flyers team, but adversity is nothing new to this bunch.