FLYERS FORWARD Steve Downie was to have surgery yesterday on his right ear to alleviate hearing loss resulting from a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti on Nov. 1.
The 27-year-old forward, acquired the day before from Colorado for Max Talbot, slogged through a lost season as a result of the injury. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will begin rehabbing his surgically repaired right ankle this week. His full recovery is expected in 6 to 8 weeks.