Andrej Meszaros out indefinitely with shoulder injury

Andrej Meszaros out indefinitely with shoulder injury

March 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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As if things could not possibly get worse for the Flyers, who are perilously close to missing the playoffs for the second time since 2007, Andrej Meszaros is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
 
The Flyers’ 27-year-old defenseman limped off the ice hunched over in pain, grasping his left shoulder, late in the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Rangers.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement on Wednesday night.
 
Erik Gustafsson, who himself missed time this season with a fracture in his left leg incurred while playing with the Phantoms, was recalled for Thursday’s game against the Islanders.
 
Meszaros has been a physical wreck for the Flyers and at this point, the club has to wonder about his durability on the blue line.
 
He’s had one injury after another since being traded to the Flyers in July 2010, even though he won the Barry Ashbee Award as the club’s top defenseman for the 2010-11 season.
 
That offseason, Meszaros had right wrist surgery. Last year (2011-12), he missed the final 19 games of the regular season recovering from surgery to remove disk fragments in his back.
 
Meszaros cautiously returned to play in Game 5 against the Devils, which saw the Flyers’ ousted from the playoffs.
 
Last August, while working out in Slovakia, Meszaros suffered a freak right Achilles tendon tear.
 
The lockout afforded him a chance to recover and Meszaros played the first six games of this shortened season before suffering an injury to his AC joint in his left shoulder on Jan. 24 against the Rangers when checked into the boards by Ryan Callahan.
 
That injury saw Meszaros miss the next 21 games, but he did not have surgery.
 
Meszaros returned to the Flyers' lineup on March 9 at Boston and recorded two assists in seven games before being injured on Tuesday -- once again against the Rangers.
 
This is the third time Meszaros has injured his left shoulder.
 
He initially underwent surgery to repair a labrum tear on that shoulder in March of 2009 while playing with Tampa and missed the remainder of the season, playing just 52 games.
 
Given Nick Grossmann has an undisclosed upper-body injury and has missed the last two games, it’s expected Gustafsson will replace Meszaros for the Islanders game.

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