Flyers GM gives grim update on injured Stolarz; Patrick and rookies on ice Monday

Goalie Anthony Stolarz will be sidelined “months, not weeks,” according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Goalie Anthony Stolarz suffered a re-occurrence of a torn meniscus in his surgically repaired left knee, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call with reporters Saturday.

Hextall said Stolarz will be sidelined “months, not weeks” after his latest surgery, which was performed Thursday. The general manager said the Flyers would be cautious with Stolarz in his rehab.

A team source had originally said Stolarz had his right knee repaired in April, but Hextall said it was the left one. He added that this injury was suffered away from the ice and that it was not an athletic movement that caused it.

“It’s my understanding that it’s fairly common” to re-injure a repaired meniscus, he said.

The Flyers will have Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliott as their goaltenders. If one goes down with an injury, Alex Lyon or veteran Leland Irving would probably be recalled from the AHL’s Phantoms.

“It certainly chips away with our depth,” Hextall said.

Stolarz, 23, who performed admirably in a seven-game stint with the Flyers last season and was protected in the expansion draft, had been ticketed to share duties with Lyon in Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers rookie camp, featuring center Nolan Patrick, will start Monday in Voorhees at 10 a.m. The Flyers and Islanders will play a rookie game at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

“It’s the start of the process for the guys who want to make the big team,” Hextall said. “…We expect the guys who come in who might be ready to play with the big team to stand out at the rookie camp.”

Veteran camp begins Friday, also in Voorhees.

Both camps are free and open to the public.