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Pronger visits Flyers, but no closer to a return

Feb 8, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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While he’s nowhere near ready to play hockey again, Flyers captain Chris Pronger did pay a visit to his teammates today, reports.

“It was good to see his face,” forward Scott Hartnell said. “I saw him in the dressing room. He seemed a little down. But for him to be here and see everybody and I think it made him feel a little bit better.”

Pronger didn’t speak to the media to provide an update on his post-concussion syndrome, but returning for the playoffs doesn’t sound likely.

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It would appear Pronger has a couple of good days followed by severe headaches, the common denominator in post-concussion syndrome cases. That would indicate he’s no better or worse, it seems.

What was encouraging here is that Pronger came by to see his teammates. He has been a virtual recluse since December and fighting depression, another common side-effect.

The Flyers have predictably had their issues minus one of the top shutdown defensemen in the NHL. Only eight teams have surrendered more goals per game, a statistic that leaves you wondering if Philadelphia’s a legitimate Cup contender without its captain in the lineup.

  1. icedog97 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    As much as I have hated this guy in the past…I’d rather have him playing than not.

    Hopefully he can recover and get back to playing next year.

    He’s only got so many years left…and I’d hate to see another player end his career because of a concussion.

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