Carcillo, Leino to follow Betts, Backlund to operating table

The Flyers have announced the second round of offseason surgeries on Monday, this time starring Dan Carcillo and Ville Leino.  The two forwards will accompany the previously announced Blair Betts and Johan Backlund on the operating table. None of the injuries are deemed serious and all should be ready to go for pre-training camp activity.

Carcillo, 25, is set to undergo sports hernia treatment that, according to Anthony SanFilippo, was suffered in the post season.   The injury is expected to sideline the player affectionately known as “Car Bomb” for roughly eight weeks.

A sports hernia is simply a muscle tear in the abdomen or groin area that causes nagging pain.  It is common amongst hockey and soccer players, who rely heavily on lower body movement.

Carcillo is a restricted free agent this offseason and is expected to be re-signed by the Flyers.

Ville Leino, 26, had a brilliant post season for the Flyers in which he scored seven goals and 14 assists to set a franchise point total for a rookie in the playoffs.  And he did so with discomfort in his hip.  Leino will receive minor attention to clean up inflammation and possible scar tissue in his hip area.  The surgery isn’t considered serious and should allow Leino to hit the ice following a short recovery of two weeks.

Center Blair Betts, 30, will have surgery on his right shoulder which was separated twice (possibly more) during the season.  The procedure will help to strengthen the loosened area to prevent it from frequently occurring.  Recovery time ranges in the ball park of 10-12 weeks.

Goaltender Johan Backlund, 28, was signed to a two-year contract extension at the conclusion of the 2010 season.  Immediately after the contract was announced, it was also announced that Backlund will have minor hip surgery.  It is not deemed serious, although for goalies — hip injuries can become wild cards.

More surgeries are expected to be announced this upcoming week as more players receive feedback from their post-season physical.

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