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Andreas Lilja Sidelined Until December

 

Well, if this trend keeps up, the Philadelphia Flyers won’t have any bodies on their blue line when the season starts.

Whenever that may be.

It was reported in Swedish newspaper Helsinborgs Dagblad that defenseman Andreas Lilja will miss four months after undergoing hip surgery.

Lilja told the paper that the pain was bearable, but not this summer, translated by Matias Strozyk.

                I’ve had problems for a couple of years but usually the pain eased over summer. Not this year, so I needed surgery.

While this isn’t exactly a huge loss for the Flyers, it certainly is one where you scratch your head. It’s more of a “you have got to be kidding me” loss. First the Orange & Black lose Andrej Meszaros for possibly the entire season, now Lilja is out for four months. This, of course, is after already having lost captain Chris Pronger and missing out on Shea Weber.

Doors open even more for young guys like Marc-Andre Bourdon (just re-signed for 2 years) and Erik Gustafsson.

However, as Flyers beat writer for CSN Philly Sarah Baicker stated, considering the season, if there is one at all, may not start until December anyway, this may not even be a loss at all.

With the status of the 2012-2013 NHL season still unclear, this may be a situation where we will have to wait and see.

One thing is clear, however. The Flyers certainly have some holes to fill defensively.

 

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