Flyers defenseman Randy Jones had surgery yesterday to remove inflamed tissue and excess scar tissue from his right hip, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

The surgery was performed by Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

Jones, who will turn 28 on July 23, is expected to need four to six weeks of recovery time. He missed the first 32 games last season after surgery on the same hip.

In another matter, defenseman Braydon Coburn returned to the Skate Zone in Voorhees yesterday after playing for Team Canada at the world championships in Switzerland.

"It was a great experience," said Coburn, whose team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Russians in the gold-medal game.

Coburn called it "a unique opportunity to play a different type of hockey. It's the same game, but with larger, Olympic-size ice, the automatic icings, and referees from different countries - they sometimes have different standards.

"It feels like a different game in a lot of senses. The ice is so wide and there is so much more room, but once you get used to it, this type of hockey is quintessentially the same game," but with less hitting than in the NHL.

- Sam Carchidi