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Flyers captain Mike Richards is among five players needing off-season surgery

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PHILADELPHIA - Flyers captain Mike Richards headlines a list of five players that need off-season surgery. Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement Tuesday.

Richards needs wrist surgery. Goalie Michael Leighton (hip), centre Blair Betts (finger), defenceman Andrej Meszaros (wrist) and winger Kris Versteeg (stomach muscle) also need surgery.

Holmgren says forwards Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter will both be evaluated for hip issues. The Flyers could know Friday if they need surgery.

Defenceman Chris Pronger is dealing with a painful lower back problem that led to diminished leg strength. Pronger played in only three of the Flyers' 11 post-season games. Surgery has not been ruled out.

The Flyers, the East's No. 2 seed, defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the first round in seven games, but were swept by the Boston Bruins in Round 2.

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