Flyers Notes: Pronger, Coburn sit this one out

Posted: November 22, 2011

Flyers Notes

Flyers defensemen Chris Pronger, suffering from a virus, and Braydon Coburn, who has an upper-body injury, were sidelined Monday, allowing Marc-Andre Bourdon and Kevin Marshall to make their NHL debuts against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pronger may be able to play Wednesday against the New York Islanders, and general manager Paul Holmgren said he hoped Coburn would return "within a game or two."

Holmgren said he would have a better idea of Pronger's status "once we get some tests done on him." Pronger, the Flyers' captain, is listed as day-to-day.

Coburn took part in the morning skate; he is permitted to skate, but not to have contact, Holmgren said.

Bourdon and Marshall, both 22, were recalled from Adirondack in the AHL.

"They're different-type players," Holmgren said before the game. "Kevin Marshall is in-your-face, defensive-minded. Marc-Andre is a little bit better with the puck and is a guy who can play on the power play. I'm anxious to see how they do."

Marshall, 22, was told Sunday night he might be recalled.

"To be honest, I had a little struggle to sleep last night because you're thinking a lot," the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Marshall said before his debut. "I feel like I'm ready to go, but obviously the butterflies are there right now. I'm pretty excited."

Bourdon, a 6-0, 225-pounder, had similar feelings.

"It's my first game ever, so I've just got to keep it simple and do some good work," Bourdon said.

At Adirondack, Bourdon had three assists and was minus-5 in 14 games, while Marshall had a goal and was minus-1 in 15 games.

Marshall was a second-round draft pick (41st overall) in the 2007 draft. Bourdon was chosen in the third round (67th overall) in 2008.

The Flyers sent forward Harry Zolnierczyk to Trenton of the ECHL to free a roster spot, and they put defenseman Erik Gustafsson (wrist surgery) on the long-term injured list to open cap space. Zolnierczyk may be recalled later in the week, Holmgren said.

Jagr update

Jaromir Jagr missed his second consecutive game because of a groin injury, but the veteran right winger hoped to play Wednesday against the host Islanders.

Jagr said he had taken acupuncture treatments to try to alleviate his groin pain.

Winter Classic jerseys

The Flyers unveiled "old-school" jerseys they will wear Jan. 2 in the Winter Classic. The jerseys are selling for $219 with a player's name on the back, and $169 without a name.

Breakaways

Andreas Nodl played for the first time in the last seven games; the winger was on a line with center Max Talbot and Wayne Simmonds. . . . Flyers chairman Ed Snider, Mayor Nutter, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be at the Laura Sims Skate House, 63d and Walnut Streets, at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a ceremony marking the grand opening of three city-owned public skating rinks. The rinks have been reconstructed and fully enclosed, making them operational year-round.

- Sam Carchidi

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