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Flyers lose defenseman Andrej Meszaros after torn Achilles tendon

Sean Leahy
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Two weeks after the Nashville Predators matched a massive offer sheet thrown Shea Weber's way, the Philadelphia Flyers blueline took another hit with the news that Andrej Meszaros tore his Achilles tendon.

From Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:

"Andrej had successful surgery this morning to repair a torn right achilles tendon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Raikin at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Andrej was injured last week during summer training in Slovakia. Andrej will be out indefinitely."

It's unknown how long Meszaros is expected to miss, but any blow to the blueline is a big one at this point. Meszaros played just once since March 1 after undergoing back surgery.

With Meszaros and Chris Pronger out of the lineup indefinitely, that leaves the Flyers with Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, Bruno Gervais, and Andreas Lilja as their only signed rostered defensemen. Will Holmgren decide to fill the spot in-house or look outside? There's a number of experienced defensemen still available on the UFA market, but then again, P.K. Subban and John Carlson are still unsigned on the RFA list, and Holmgren wasn't shy about throwing around an offer sheet to, as he put it several times, improve his team without subtracting.

After Nashville matched the Weber offer sheet, Holmgren also said that he was excited about his "up-and-coming" team. This news may have been easier to take had Weber donned a Flyers jersey two weeks ago, but now it appears Holmgren will have to once again look for an upgrade somewhere.

UPDATE: Here's Holmgren discussing the injury with reporters:

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