Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and team captain Chris Pronger was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, eight days after suffering a serious right eye injury.
Pronger has been sidelined since absorbing the full force of a follow-through from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski on October 24. After initial examination, the 37-year-old was slated to miss 2-3 weeks while recovering.
"I think he'll get cleared to push it harder and probably get on the ice by himself in the next few days and maybe by the end of the week get on the ice with the team," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.
As a result of the move, the Flyers were able to recall a pair of young forwards, Harry Zolnierczyk and Ben Holmstrom, from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.
Zolnierczyk netted his first career goal in his lone NHL contest, at Ottawa on October 18.
Holmstrom, on the other hand, went scoreless in his two-game call-up late last season. He registered four assists in eight games thus far with the Phantoms.
In addition, the Flyers also loaned defenseman Matt Walker to Adirondack. The 31-year-old is also scoreless in three games with a minus-two rating for Philadelphia.