Poor Chris Pronger.
The Flyers defenseman has literally sacrificed his body during his Hall of Fame-caliber career. Pronger, 37, has undergone five surgeries in the last 16 months. His body has taken a tremendous beating during his remarkable career.
He is currently recovering from a minor procedure on his left knee. But he faces a far more serious problem: An apparent concussion that will sideline indefinitely.
Pronger has already missed 14 of 27 games. The Flyers expected him back from knee surgery later this month.
Now? Nobody really knows when he will play again. Ideally Philly would get him back for the playoff run, but there is no way to predict a timetable now.
“Over the last few days, he's had some difficulties - a fairly persistent headache, just a sluggish feeling. . . . So we're just trying to do the right thing here and get him checked out by the doctors in Pittsburgh and see what we're dealing with,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told reporters. “Is it a concussion? I don't know that we know that just yet. We want to get a better idea, obviously.”
You may recall that the club claimed that a virus sidelined Pronger earlier this season. He came back and tried to play through his symptoms.
But he never really got back to 100 percent, so now the club will take every precaution with him.
As for his roster, Holmgren is content to play on without replacing Pronger. The Flyers are 9-4-1 in the games he missed.
“I like the way our team's playing right now,” he said. “I like the way the young kids have played on defense, and I don't feel the need to really rush into anything.”