Pronger’s season ended in December after catching a stick to the eye, resulting in a concussion. Ever since, the all-star defenseman has been experiencing post-concussion syndrome. The club never seemed to recover after the loss, creating a void in the defense.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Pronger’s testing would not involve any time on the ice. Holmgren also added that the veteran blue-liner is still experiencing some headaches.
While not being able to play the game he loves is killing him inside, Pronger seems to be motivated to getting back on the ice. However, at this stage in his career, and with the various injuries throughout it, he may want to consider his long term options. Pronger, age 37, could worsen his health by trying to get back in action.
In just 13 games as the Flyers captain, Pronger tallied a goal and 11 assists. When on the ice, he was not only a physical presence with his 6’6″, 220 pound, but he was also a mental presence. Teammates understood that they had one of the greats on their blue line.
Pronger won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks back in 2007, as well as the 2002 and 2010 Olympic gold medal games with Canada. He is the ideal captain for a hockey club, and if he indeed does retire, the Flyers organization will surely miss him.
Adam Pfeifer is a contributing writer for Rant Sports covering the Philadelphia Flyers.
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