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by Paul on 03/31/11 at 11:36 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Press,
Sidelined since March 8 with a broken right hand, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has endured a ``minor setback’’ that is likely to keep him sidelined until the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the Courier-Post Thursday night.
“It’s not going as fast as everybody would like, but he’s probably still on track … maybe not for the regular season, but for the playoffs,’’ Holmgren said before the Flyers’ game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Pronger had a stabilizing pin inserted in his right hand on March 14 and was told he would need 3 to 4 weeks before returning to the lineup. He returned to practice just a week after the surgery and was defending teammates and taking hard shots at practice as early as 10 days after the surgery.
“He did push it by handling the puck and actually shooting the puck,’’ Holmgren said. ``Nobody likes sitting out and maybe he thought he could come back sooner.’‘
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