Chris Pronger is a tremendous hockey player. He makes a great first pass out of the zone, is excellent on the power play, and is one of the best defensemen in the NHL. Chris Pronger is also invaluable as a captain and his leadership presence with the Philadelphia Flyers was desperately missed last season. After missing the final 69 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs, the lack of Chris Pronger injury updates and news has been torture for Flyers fans.
Yesterday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer made one of the first credible Chris Pronger updates of the 2012 offseason. He reported that Chris Pronger has not made any progress and will not resume skating with the team. He reportedly got his information directly from Paul Holmgren himself. If true, the Flyers received the worst news possible regarding their star blueliner.
While it’s widely accepted that Chris Pronger may be well on his way to retirement, no official news regarding the status of Chris Pronger has been confirmed in some time. With Holmgren explaining that Chris Pronger is still not ready to begin skating after a devastating concussion cost him almost the entire 2011-12 season, it appears hope is dwindling for Pronger’s return.
Obviously, there is no reason to rush Chris Pronger. The NHL lockout could delay the start of the season significantly, which does allow for some hope of seeing Chris Pronger lace up in the orange and black again. The big issue for Chris Pronger is that nearly a year after suffering his concussion, Pronger is still experiencing severe concussion-related symptoms. At age 37, this might be the end of a glorious NHL career.
Sam Carchidi and Paul Holmgren didn’t exactly provide any new information, but the Chris Pronger concussion scenario looks as bleak as ever.