It turns out Chris Pronger's virus wasn't the only thing holding him back, as the Flyers led everyone to believe.
On Monday, the club announced that the often-injured Pronger will undergo left-knee surgery and miss four more weeks. It will be Pronger's fifth surgery in the last 16 months.
Pronger, 37, has missed 10 games this season, including six after he took a stick to his eye. The Flyers are 5-4-1 without him this year. He missed 32 regular-season games last season.
In the last two seasons, Pronger has missed 42 games; the Flyers have won only 21 of them.
It appears Pronger will play in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.
"We were hopeful with the time missed with a virus, things would settle down in his knee," GM Paul Holmgren said.
But that didn't happen.
Holmgren said Pronger would have some "loose bodies" cleaned out; he called the surgery a "maintenance" procedure and said the knee was otherwise sound.
Holmgren also announced that Brayden Schenn would be recalled from the Phantoms, and that Andreas Nodl was placed on waivers.
Pronger and Andreas Lilja will go on the long-term injured list.
Jaromir Jagr, rehabbing after a groin injury, sklated Monday and there is a chance he will play Friday in Anaheim. James van Riemsdyk, another injured winger, is a longshot to play this weekend, Holmgren said.
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