BREAKING: Pronger out for season
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.
Pronger played only 13 games this season, racking up 12 points and a plus-1. But he has missed a total of 17 due to knee, eye and head injuries.
But things went downhill for Pronger on October 14 when he took a stick to the eye from Maple Leafs forward Mikael Grabovski. Pronger missed a few weeks due to an eye injury stemming from the incident and returned.
But he began to feel concussion-like symptoms which created a virus that kept him out for a handful of games. Pronger then had knee surgery and was later diagnosed with a concussion.
The Flyers are fortunate this news came now rather than at a time where it would leave them without a defenseman. One would have to believe that Holmgren will be on the phone with numerous teams searching for a long-term replacement at the blue line.
Rookie defensemen Kevin Marshall, Marc-Andre Bourdon and the currently injured Erik Gustafsson may have done a nice job filling in while Pronger and Andreas Lilja have been battling injuries but if this team feels like it's a serious Cup contender now, they need to make a move for a veteran.