The Flyers have announced that captain defenseman Chris Pronger will sit out the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with severe post concussion symptoms.
It was reported a week ago that Pronger had a concussion and would be out indefinitely.
“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," said general manager Paul Holmgren in a statement. "It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”
Holmgren also said Pronger will continue to receive treatment and that they are hopeful this won't affect Pronger's career.
Since 2008, the Winter Classic has proven to be one of the most anticipated events of the NHL calendar year.
However, a newer component to the Classic has emerged, one that may actually be just as exciting as the game itself.
HBO’s all-access series, “24/7” began it’s coverage of the Winter Classic last season when it filmed the build-up to the outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.
This season’s series will do the same, except this time the focus will be upon the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers as the two teams gear-up for their outdoor event at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on January 2.
The series made its premiere on Wednesday night and did not disappoint.
For fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, the beginning of the 2011-12 season has been bittersweet.
Coming into the year, many questioned whether the team was capable of producing enough offense to win games. There were also doubts about whether the team was going to be able to compete in the Eastern Conference.
To this point, those questions have been answered to the fans' delight.
Through 29 games, the team sits atop the Eastern Conference and holds a two-point lead over their closest competitor. They also lead the league in ‘goals for’ with a total of 106.
It’s been a pleasant surprise to see the team excelling at such a high level. Largely due to the stellar play of Claude Giroux and a laundry list of young players, the young guns movement in Philadelphia has been in full swing for the majority of the season.
Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.
With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.
Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.
But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.
The statement was deafening, as if a booming voice was speaking it over a loudspeaker.
"Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion"
Not feeling very good, gotten worse, out indefinitely?
In a year where Claude Giroux was proving his superstar-like talent every night in the NHL, it’s stunning. With one hit, those who have grown accustomed to watching the Hearst, Ontairo native are now relegated to the waiting game.
It’s eerie timing in the wake of the latest news regarding Sidney Crosby. Crosby, the game’s ubermensch is out for as long as symptoms still remain. Sadly, the let down after what many thought would be his final, and maybe last, return seems to tell the tale of the future.
As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.
According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."
This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).
Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.