Last-place Flyers lose wing, center for 3-6 weeks each

Updated: December 12, 2006, 5:42 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers' abysmal season took another sour turn.

Geoff Sanderson
Sanderson

The Flyers announced Tuesday that left wing Geoff Sanderson and center Mike Richards both underwent abdominal surgery and will be sidelined three to six weeks.

Both operations were performed by Dr. Bill Meyers at Hahnemann University.

"I spoke with Dr. Meyers and spoke to Mike Richards a few times," Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said. "[Richards] is feeling really good. [Sanderson] was still asleep ... but Dr. Meyers said the repairs went very well. Hopefully, both will be back within three to six weeks."

Mike Richards
Richards

Sanderson and Richards both suffered abdominal strains in the second period of Philadelphia's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Both players left the game and did not return.

Sanderson, 34, has eight goals and nine assists in 26 games this season. Signed to a two-year deal this past offseason, Sanderson has 349 goals and 326 assists in 15-plus seasons with seven different teams.

A first-round draft selection in 2003, the 21-year-old Richards has struggled this season, recording only one goal and nine assists in 29 games. He scored 11 goals and 23 assists last season, his rookie campaign.

The loss of Sanderson and Richards could not come at a worse time for the Flyers, who are just 8-17-4, the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst mark in the league.