Meszaros expected to miss a month

Andrej Meszaros is not ready to rule himself out of Saturday's season-opening clash against Pittsburgh just yet. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren says that defenseman Andrej Meszaros is expected to be out a month after suffering a left shoulder injury in Thursday’s 2-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers.

Meszaros was injured when hit by Ryan Callahan late in the second period and after the game he had his arm in a sling.

Veteran Andreas Lilja has been recalled 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.”

As for Danny Briere, Holmgren said didn’t discount the possibility of seeing his first action Saturday against Florida, but the general manager wasn’t overly optimistic. Briere has yet to see action due to a hairline fracture of the left wrist.

Holmgren had said on Thursday that Briere would be “50-50” for the weekend.

“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 tomorrow morning.”

The Flyers play in Tampa Bay on Sunday and are in New York for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers.

Recently signed Mike Knuble and Lilja will be available for Saturday's game in Florida.