The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that defenseman Chris Pronger will have surgery on his right hand and miss three to four weeks. Pronger reportedly skated in practice today but did not participate in shooting drills. He had a CT scan on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The surgery will be performed on Tuesday morning by Dr. Tom Graham in Cleveland, Ohio. The injury occurred a few weeks ago when Pronger took a puck to the hand.
It’s good for Pronger to have the surgery now before the Flyers’ playoff run. The team’s last regular season game is April 9th against the New York Islanders. This gives Pronger about a month to recover from surgery. The Flyers need him healthy for the stretch run. The defense certainly hasn’t been playing well during this current slump and they need the leadership and talent of Pronger in the lineup if they are going to make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.