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Flyers GM won’t make “any rash decisions” to replace Pronger

Jan 19, 2012, 9:12 PM EDT

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On the heels of some sad anecdotes from Chris Pronger‘s wife Lauren,’s Tim Panaccio caught up with Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to pick his brain on the subject.

To start things off, Holmgren said that he “holds no hope” that Pronger will return any time during this season or the playoffs. He didn’t exactly provide a promising answer if this could be a career-ending injury, either, only saying “I don’t know” when asked.

“We hope for the best for Chris,” Holmgren said. “Over time here, maybe we need to look to prepare for the worst. I don’t think we’re at that point right now.”

Panaccio reports that Pronger is looking into new therapies and even wearing prescription glasses to try to improve his situation. He’ll meet with doctors again on Feb. 1.

So with another confirmation that Pronger won’t be available for the Flyers in the foreseeable future, will Holmgren make a move (*cough* Ryan Suter *cough*) to try to fill the void?

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

In other concussion-related news for the Flyers, Panaccio reports that James van Riemsdyk hasn’t skated yet but hasn’t experienced any issues while working out.

The Flyers have shown some aptitude in rolling with the injury punches, but surely they’d be glad to get their hot-and-cold power forward back – especially since their menacing defenseman won’t be in the lineup again this season.

  1. balewsquare - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Would a move (*cough* Ryan Suter *cough*) really be a “rash decision,” or would that be a genius move for an already strong franchise? …wow all of that correct punctuation was very tricky on an iPad!

  2. buffalomafia - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Flyer’s are one player short of a Stanley Cup Winner?

    • danphipps01 - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:09 AM

      Two. They need a D good enough to fly with Timonen and a goalie that can make the occasional save. In theory, Bobrovsky is that, but they refuse to give him any time to prove it, preferring instead to use Ilya Bryzgalov to demonstrate the futility of trying to jam a square peg in a round hole.

  3. cshearing - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    What do the Flyers have to move now though? Aren’t most of their top “prospects” now playing in the NHL? I’m not up on their farm system, but what do they have to make a trade?

    Suter would not come cheap.

  4. flyersfandave - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Flyers have picks they can deal but it doesn’t help when your best trade bait goes out with a head injury.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    It seems that people are ignore a glaring flaw: the team’s system. Many times the Flyers are scrambling around in their own zone. I don’t know if one player will change the hole in Coach Lavi’s defensive scheme. He has done a great job with the rookies and the team’s offensive output. He needs to address the defensive side though. Both D and forwards are accountable for this problem.

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