Flyers' Andrej Meszaros possibly could be ready for opener

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Posted: January 15, 2013

ANDREJ MESZAROS is not ready to rule himself out of Saturday's season-opening clash against Pittsburgh just yet.

Like a handful of his Flyers teammates, Meszaros hasn't skated in a competitive NHL game since May 8. But after tearing his Achilles' last July during a training exercise in his native Slovakia, he wasn't sure if he'd be ready for the start of the season - whenever that were to occur.

"It's possible," Meszaros said after the Flyers' 2-hour skate on Monday. "I'd say it feels pretty good. Since we don't have any preseason games, I would really like to try and get a scrimmage later in the week to see how I feel."

Meszaros, 27, underwent surgery on Aug. 7 in Philadelphia to repair the tear. He was officially cleared to participate in practice 1 week ago, and he said he doesn't need any further doctor clearance to play.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said on Monday that nothing was new with Meszaros' status.

Holmgren said last week he believes Meszaros needs to get over a mental hurdle and trust his body, enabling him to push through uncomfortable sensations.

Practices have amped up since last week's informal skates, yet Meszaros said he isn't feeling any ill effects. Off the ice, he's still walking with a limp.

"It feels the same," Meszaros said. "We've had a couple good practices, really getting into moving the puck and battle drills. I'd love to play. If I can play, I'm certainly going to do that. If not, might make sense to wait a little longer."

Briere progressing

The Flyers received good news on Monday after Danny Briere's visit to a Philadelphia hand specialist.

Paul Holmgren revealed that Briere suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist in Germany on Dec. 28, but he is not expected to miss a significant period of time.

The injury was originally classified as a sprain or bone bruise, but Holmgren said he was aware of the fracture.

"It might not be as long as we initially thought," Holmgren said. "The injury showed it's a little further along, in a good way, than what we had initially anticipated. It probably changes, at least my thoughts, about him being out an extended period of time."

Briere has not skated in 2 weeks. Holmgren classified Briere's status for this weekend's back-to-back, opening games as "iffy." Right now, it seems unlikely he will be ready by then; a Jan. 22 return against the Devils is not out of the question. Holmgren said he would need to "wait and see" when Briere can return to practice.

Slap shots

Chris Pronger watched the second day of training camp with Paul Holmgren. Pronger also met with newcomer Luke Schenn, acting in the advisory role Holmgren said he would take on. Pronger (concussion-like symptoms) has no plans to return to the ice . . . Flyers chairman Ed Snider is expected to attend training camp on Tuesday.

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