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Pronger Injury Update: Things aren't good

On Wednesday night, Lauren Pronger, the wife of Flyers captain Chris Pronger, hosted the inaugural Flyers Wives charity fashion show.

With Chris still battling post-concussion symptoms, he was unable to make it to the event.

Following the show, Mrs. Pronger gave some insight into how difficult things have been for her husband.

“He’s battling, he wants to be out there more than anybody,” she said to CSN Philly. “It’s tough for all of us to watch him go through this, too.”

Mrs. Pronger explained that the fallen Flyers captain has good days and bad days. On Wednesday he was having a bad day.

From what general manager Paul Holmgren has said, it seems like Pronger has been having a lot more bad days than good.

“I’ve talked to Chris enough to know that things haven’t been going very good,” General manager Paul Holmgren said prior to Thursday night’s loss to the New York Islanders.

“Somebody said to me, one of our doctors, that concussions are like fingerprints, none of them are the same,” He said. “So, we obviously hope for the best for Chris and over time here we’ll need to prepare for the worst but I don’t think we’re at that point right now.”

With the symptoms still present, Pronger and his doctors have begun to test new treatments.

As of this moment, no body really knows what is going on.

“He was prescribed glasses and I think that’s helped him a little bit. He’s doing some […] other treatment regiments,” Holmgren said. “He’s seeing the doctors again on February 1st and we’ll have a little bit better idea then of where we’re at…or maybe we won’t, I don’t know. We’ll continue to monitor it and like I said, hope for the best.”

In terms of the team and their future, Holmgren only lightly addressed what the long-term ramifications of Pronger’s injury was going to be.

“We’re not going to make any rash decisions,” he said. “We’ll continue to look at the team for the present and for the future and if something comes up that makes sense then we’ll see what we can do.”

When asked about whether Pronger had any chance of playing in the playoffs, Holmgren respectfully remained optimistic, but made it clear that it wasn’t likely.

“I still like to believe I’m a glass is half-full kind of guy but, I would say that the odds of that happening aren’t very good,” he said.

Holmgren is typically tightlipped.

In fact, you’d probably get more information out of a stone.

However, with the Pronger situation, Holmgren has been unusually candid, which unfortunately means things are probably going to get worse before they get better.

A few weeks ago, he even told CSN Philly that he didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of this situation.

Saying that Pronger is in a terrible place certainly isn’t helping their leverage in any future trades. The way everything is playing out, it seems more and more likely that Pronger may never be able to play again.

At this point, that doesn’t even matter; his day-to-day life sounds like it could be at serious risk.

No matter how you look at it, it’s just sad.

Not only to see a player as great as Pronger go down, but to hear about someone having to deal with such a traumatic situation.

“It is very, very tough right now,” Pronger said in a press release last week. “I don't feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing.”


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