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Pronger Speaks About Knee Surgery

There are plenty of things that make fans nervous.

But there are few things that are more excruciating than when a player gets hurt. Especially when he is arguably the most important member of your team.

Which is exactly how fans of the Philadelphia Flyers feel right about now.

Team captain Chris Pronger has had a rough run over the past two seasons.

After playing in all 82 games for the Flyers in 2009-10, Pronger missed 32 regular season games in 2010-11 with a laundry list of injuries, ranging in areas from his knees, hands and back.

Unfortunately, it seems to have carried over to this year as well.

Pronger has currently missed ten total games this season and has missed the teams last four. Not to mention, that he is expected to miss at least four weeks after having knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon.

On Thursday, Pronger gave an update as to how the procedure went.

“I’m feeling okay just ice and elevation, trying to get the swelling out,” he said. “I start my rehab tomorrow.”

How Pronger ended up at this point has been a chaotic process.

Prior to the start of November 21st’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, General Manager Paul Holmgren announced that Pronger was going to miss the game due to a virus.

One week later, it was announced that he needed knee surgery.

“Well, my knee had kind of been bothering me. It’s gradually gotten worse since I came back from the eye injury,” he said. “When I stopped skating, as I started to try to work out, it started to bother me. I’d do daily workouts and try to do legs every other day and it got to a point where I couldn’t do my leg workouts so I knew something was wrong.”

Pronger recently turned 37 and is only in the second year of a seven-year contract.

With all the injuries starting to pile up, plenty have begun to question whether the captain’s durability is starting to become an issue. Especially with this being his second knee surgery in as many seasons.

But Pronger has been led to believe that this procedure was less severe.

“There was a little bit more damage on the one a couple years ago. There were pretty big chunks they took out and it was not as clean as this knee was,” he said. “The doctor was pretty pleased when he got in there to see what exactly was involved and was pretty pleased with what he saw.”

But even with the optimistic outlook, he was unable to provide a definite time-table for a return.

“Gauging off of when I had my other knee done a couple of years ago, a month sounds about right,” he said. “But again, it may be three weeks, it may be six weeks, I don’t know. We just kind of gave a ballpark number because we don’t really know.”

It is difficult to ignore the mounting injuries. With so much invested in a player, in both a monetary and strategic sense, it’s hard not to become concerned that age may be catching up to him.

Pronger doesn’t view it that way in the slightest.

“It’s just one of those things. You look at the number of the injuries and they would seem to be kind of fluky,” he said. “Three of them I got hit with the puck or a stick. Are those everyday hockey occurrences? Yeah, it could happen to anybody. When you play the game hard and you play a lot of minutes you’re that much more inclined to have something happen to you because you’re always out there.”


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