Dec 16, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT
Amidst the doom and gloom surrounding the Flyers today, CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio thinks he might’ve found a silver lining: Chris Pronger might not definitely be done for the year.
Sure, the Flyers have said that Pronger’s season is over. And sure, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren admitted his captain’s career might be in jeopardy.
But when asked about Pronger potentially returning months down the road — assuming his post-concussion symptoms had cleared — Holmgren left the door open.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said. “I think right now, Chris is not an option. If he gets better somewhere over the next month, months, we’ll address that when we get there.”
Panaccio then went on to explain…
If you think about it, by announcing that Pronger is done for this year, including playoffs, the Flyers have removed “uncertainty” from the dressing room. He’s gone, he’s not coming back, the team moves forward.
This is in contrast to how the Penguins handled Sidney Crosby last season, never saying he was done, allowing their players to believe he might return. Crosby even practiced with the club during the playoffs.
Panaccio also noted Holmgren couldn’t explain why the Flyers ruled Pronger out for the playoffs, even though the postseason doesn’t begin until April.
“That’s a good question,” Holmgren said. “I don’t know. I guess just the way he’s felt since we believe what was the original injury, maybe years of playing in the NHL. I can’t answer that.”
Another intriguing development is the organization not naming a replacement captain. Holmgren said his veteran leadership group (including Daniel Briere and Kimmo Timonen) would fill the void, but some feel it’s another sign the door’s being left open for Pronger to return.
- Canucks ink Brandon Sutter to five-year, $21.875 million extension 18
- NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM 36
- It’s Detroit Red Wings Day at PHT 15
- What does Jack Eichel mean to the Buffalo Sabres? 32
- It’s Buffalo Sabres Day at PHT 33
- Bernier, Leafs agree on two-year, $8.3 million deal 29
- How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos? 62
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal 71
- Report: Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal, north of $20M 28
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs 45
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal (71)
- How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos? (62)
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs (45)
- Owner Pegula: Sabres have gone through ‘two of the most successful seasons we’ve ever had’ (43)
- NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM (36)