Meszaros out indefinitely after Achilles surgery

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--Defenseman Andrej Meszaros has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and will be out indefinitely, the Flyers announced on Aug. 7.

This is another blow to the Flyers defense. Captain Chris Pronger, who is still suffering post-concussion symptoms, may not be back anytime soon, and they lost Matt Carle via free agency to the Tampa Bay Lightning this offseason.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren provided no timetable for Meszaros' return.

"We'll have a better idea after six weeks and once we see how things are progressing," Holmgren said, according to

The surgery was performed Tuesday for an injury that occurred last week during Meszaros' summer training in Slovakia.

Meszaros, 26, had seven goals and 18 assists while playing 62 games for the Flyers last season, which was his seventh NHL season.

--With 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies signed, the Flyers appear to have a full roster. Not used to having cap space, the Flyers are actually $3,556,627 below the ceiling before placing injured defenseman Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve, which would give the Flyers another $4,921,429 allowance.

--With CBA negotiations ongoing, the Flyers are preparing as if everything will start on time and players will report to training camp in mid-September. Now that their roster appears set, everyone is just itching to get back on the ice.

"We will go about it as normal," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think there is a lot of preparation in the month beforehand with regard to your team and what it is shaping up to be. I don't think anything will change that. Hopefully we start and move forward as planned, but if we don't I guess it gets delayed and you move forward when they say move forward."

"I would certainly rank him as one of the best head coaches in the NHL. When you have him on your side, it's just like a player. You want to have that coach, that player on your side." -- C Danny Briere on Peter Laviolette, who got a two-year extension on Aug. 1.

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