Flyers' Meszaros out; team brings Knuble back
PHILADELPHIA — A day after the Flyers earned their first win of the season, the news grew more grim on the injury front.
General manager Paul Holmgren said Friday defenseman Andrej Meszaros is expected to miss a month after suffering a left-shoulder injury during Thursday's 2-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers.
Meszaros was hurt when he was hit by Ryan Callahan late in the second period. Veteran Andreas Lilja has been recalled from the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, to replace Meszaros.
“Right now we're hoping it is about a four-week rehabilitation of the injury,” Holmgren said. “It's a muscle injury in and around his shoulder joint. We've just got to try to get it stronger. We believe he's going to be out for about a month.”
The team also signed right wing Mike Knuble to a one-year contract Friday, and the veteran will be available for Saturday's game at the Florida Panthers.
Knuble, 40, returns to the Flyers after spending the past three seasons with the Washington Capitals. He played for the Flyers for four seasons (2005-2009) after signing as a free agent July 3, 2004. Knuble appeared in 310 games for Philadelphia, recording 114 goals and 221 points.
The Flyers (1-3) have been losing players as fast as games. Since the season began Jan. 19, the Flyers lost Zac Rinaldo, who is out with a leg laceration; Scott Hartnell, expected to miss four to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot; and now Meszaros.
And that doesn't include Danny Briere, who has yet to see action due to a hairline fracture of his left wrist.
On Thursday, Holmgren said the odds of Briere making his debut this weekend are “50-50.”
A day later, Holmgren didn't sound hopeful that Briere would play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers. The Flyers also play Sunday in Tampa Bay and Tuesday in New York against the Rangers.
“He is, I guess, a possibility Saturday and probably a better chance Sunday, and an even better chance Tuesday,” Holmgren said. “We will see how he is (Saturday) morning.”