News broke yesterday as Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia tweeted that Philadelphia Flyers‘ GM Paul Holmgren spoke about Andrej Meszaros‘ injury and how his recovery process has been going.
Panaccio’s tweeted stated, “Holmgren says Andrej Meszaros is on schedule with his rehab for his right Achilles tendon injury. December return might be possible.”
Meszaros was drafted in 2004 by the Ottawa Senators with the 23rd overall selection. He had played three full 82-game seasons for Ottawa before moving on to play with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he played for two seasons. Meszaros has played in 143 regular season games since being acquired by the Flyers in 2010-2011. He has recorded 57 points and has had a plus/minus of positive 36 (+36). In his entire NHL career, Meszaros has played in 522 games and recorded 200 career points as well as a plus/minus of positive 42 (+42).
If a December return is possible for Meszaros, then the Flyers could be getting back a defenseman who is a key for them on the offensive attack as well as the man advantage. Meszaros was expected to miss more time when the news of the injury broke.
With the lockout being prolonged and with the the possibility of it being even longer, Meszaros could in fact be coming back to the Flyers’ lineup when the season begins. Let’s all hope that this lockout does not last longer and that play can begin on November 2nd. But if not, then expect Meszaros to be ready for an eventual opener or even back by the first couple weeks of the season.
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