Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Official DeskSite of the Philadelphia Flyers Flyer Wire Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
 
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Mez on the Mend

Andrej Meszaros skated with teammates Thursday, but still has ways to go

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 3:08 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
X
Share with your Friends


Mez on the Mend

VOORHEES, N.J. – Andrej Meszaros was back skating with his Flyers teammates for the first time Thursday, but cautioned that he’s still a ways away from getting back to game action.

“I feel I am progressing,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not where I want to be, as yet. We’ll see how the next few weeks go.”

And that’s about where he is with his recovery – still 2-to-3 weeks away.

Nevertheless, it was a positive sign for the Flyers that he was back on the ice, even if he was wearing the canary yellow, no-contact practice jersey.

At the very least, Meszaros can keep his conditioning level up to snuff by being able to skate, even if his left shoulder isn’t close to being ready.

The Flyers would like to have him back in the lineup in time for an important stretch of games against the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Boston immediately after the Flyers Wives Carnival.

But Meszaros will return when he’s ready, and not before.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” he said. “When we didn’t play with the lockout, I wanted to play games in Europe and it didn’t happen. So the focus was get healthy and try to start the season on time, which I did.

“That was very good for me, but to come out [again] after four games, it’s frustrating and bad luck, I guess. What are you going to do? That’s the way it is. Hockey is a physical sport. Injuries are going to happen. It’s unfortunate to me that this happened back-to-back – the Achilles and the shoulder. I try not to think about it. I try to stay positive and do rehab every day. Maybe it’s a good thing I can get ready right now and get my rehab in for the stretch run.”

Nevertheless, it’s been a hellacious calendar year for Meszaros.

It started last March when he had to undergo surgery to fix a herniated disk in his back and missed the final 19 games of the regular season and the first 10 games of the playoffs.

Then, he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon during a summer workout in his native Slovakia and spent six months rehabbing and recovering from the injury to make it back to the lineup in time for the opening game of this shortened season.

But Meszaros only made it to the fourth game of the season before he was shelved again after being checked by New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan on Jan. 24, severely spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder.

So, the road to recovery is again slow and lonely for Meszaros, but he can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.

He skated alone for two days while the Flyers were in Toronto and Winnipeg, and then had a 30-minute practice session with assistant coach Kevin MCCarthy before joining his teammates for 25 minutes.

However, he needs to be cleared by team doctors first, (his next appointment is next Friday) and then participate in contact drills in practice and strengthen his shoulder enough to be able to take slap shots – especially from a distance.

Still, it didn’t stop him from testing it a little bit at practice.

“I’m doing better than I thought,” he said. “Today I was shooting it, but not the way I shoot. I’m trying easy shots, nothing from far away. I wait until I get a little closer to get it on net.”

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.