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By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
The Philadelphia Flyers recently suffered a huge blow to their lineup, as the team announced on Thursday that captain Chris Pronger will miss the remainder of the 2011-2012 regular season, as well as the 2012 playoffs.
Some have even questioned whether Pronger will ever be able to play in the NHL ever again, based on his age and the severity of his post-concussion syndrome. Not only has this affected the Flyers, but it has also sent a shock wave around the entire league.
With Pronger having been Philadelphia’s top defenceman for quite some time now, he carried much of the load on the Flyers’ back-end. So much in fact, that he averaged 22:28 of ice time; second on the team to only Matt Carle, who has played in 17 more games that Pronger.
This has likely made many teams around the league consider what, if any roster changes must be made in case of an event like this happens to their team. While it is unlikely to happen, ...