April 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja (6) ties up Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period of game four of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the at Wells Fargo Center. The Penguins defeated the Flyers, 10-3. The Flyers lead the series three games to one. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Andreas Lilja Out For Four Months

This morning, news broke that veteran Flyers’ defenseman Andreas Lilja would miss 4 months with a hip surgery. Lilja wasn’t expected to be a major part of the Flyers’ defensive corps by any stretch of the imagination, but he will provide veteran depth as someone who can step into the 6th-defenseman role and do a serviceable job. He did play in 46 regular season games for the team last year, tallying 6 assists and no goals, and he was in the lineup for 10 of the Flyers’ 11 playoff games, although he did not record a point. This means that when the Flyers go to training camp, their group of 7 defenseman who will likely be on the roster for the start of the season (with one being scratched every game) is pretty much set: Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Bruno Gervais, and Erik Gustafsson. That being said, however, the Flyers could also look to acquire another defenseman before the season begins. Notable free-agent targets who are still on the market include Carlo Colaiacovo and Michal Rozsival and blueliners who could be available for a trade are names like Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, San Jose’s Dan Boyle, and Phoenix’s Keith Yandle. Restricted free-agents (and therefore, offer sheet candidates) include Montreal’s PK Subban, New York’s Michael Del Zotto, and Washington’s John Carlson.

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