Andreas Lilja to miss start of season after hip surgery

Andreas Lilja will be out of the Flyers' lineup until December after undergoing hip surgery, according to a Swedish report, via Bill Meltzer. Paul Holmgren confirmed with CSN Philly that Lilja did have the surgery to repair what's been called a degenerative hip condition, but he says that Lilja could be back by late October or November instead.

All in all, this really doesn't matter too much for the Flyers. Yeah, it's more depth out the window, but in adding Bruno Gervais via free agency, the team has a suitable replacement for Lilja already in the fold. There was never any guarantee that Lilja would be anything more than a seventh defenseman on this team anyway.

It does appear that both Marc-Andre Bourdon and Erik Gustafsson will make the team in training camp thanks to Lilja's injury -- that is, if the Flyers fail to make another move on defense in the next month or so.

Why did Lilja wait so long for surgery if, as he told the Swedish newspaper, he was experiencing these issues during last season? Lilja said that the hip pain had become routine for him but that it typically went away during the summer month. It lingered this summer and that's what forced the surgery. Still, it is a bit odd that a 37-year-old hockey player just sits around and hopes that chronic hip pain will go away each summer.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Broad Street Hockey

You must be a member of Broad Street Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Broad Street Hockey. You should read them.

Join Broad Street Hockey

You must be a member of Broad Street Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Broad Street Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker