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Flyers GM says “there’s no truth” to Pronger retirement rumors

May 31, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

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There’s a strong sense that Chris Pronger already played his last game in the NHL, but the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t giving up on his return just yet. Sam Carchidi reports that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren shot down the latest round of rumors that Pronger would officially retire.

Holmgren said on Thursday night that Pronger, who missed most of the season with post-concussion syndrome, is hoping to get better and return to action next season. He is still experiencing headaches, the GM said.

“There’s no truth to him retiring,” Holmgren said.

Speculation was building because Pronger has reportedly been spending time in St. Louis, but it appears that was a family matter. Holmgren said that Pronger is still dealing with headaches related to post-concussion syndrome, so obviously his return remains in doubt.

Pronger’s near-$5 million cap hit would stick around even if he retires because of it is a 35+ deal, although the next CBA could possibly provide a way out.

Either way, the situation still doesn’t look very promising, although it’s not outright “over” just yet.

  1. uncledick - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    (Flyers fan here) Not that I want it to be it, but come on, we all know he’s done.

  2. redux12 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    The Flyers get a cap credit equal to his cap hit due to the fact that he is physically unable to perform.

    • claysbar - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Not if he retires. The Flyers would need for him to go through the motions of attempting to be cleared to play every year till his contract has expired for them to get the LTIR cap credit. Considering the fact that he has five more years on his contract, the powers that be might not give them the credit after a couple of years, JMO. I remember last year on the NHL network they were talking just how can they come out and say he is done for the year. Then it was discovered how severe his concussion was and the talk went away, but they had a point. It’s not a broken leg lets say, where there is a fairly defined length of recovery time. Some of these guys with concussions talk how the effects slowly went away while others wake up one morning and all is “normal”. Either way, hope he recovers and has no severe long term life effects.

  3. rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    What a CRYBABY. He’s Soft. Boo hoo he has headaches. He’s going miss another year. He’s one hit away from his brain becoming mush. ………..

    Now Flyer fans, how did that statement sound? Same crap spewed at Crosby. Hope he gets better. Looking forward to next year when we BOTH will be equally HEALTHY and going at each other for a REMATCH.

    • chap6869 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      One, stop being a whiny Pens fan. Two, I’ll say the same about Pronger as I would about Crosby, they are both one hit away from mush and I say it sincerely for both players, if playing jeopardizes their future health, they should retire. Life is more important than a game!

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        giroux has had a concussion too. Is he also one hit away from mush? I agree that life is more important then a game but dont try and play doctor when you know nothing more then the information the media relays to you via the internet.

      • rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        How the hell am I being a whinny Pens fan?!?!?!?!? Did you even read my comment? The first part was sarcasm.

      • redux12 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Giroux’s concussion was minor in comparison. He only missed four games, and was incident free the rest of the season. Crosby had two in a very short period of time, which resulted in him being out for what, 10 months? Then he suffered another, still unknown, injury that resulted in him missing a couple of more months. So yes, at this point I’d say Crosby is in much worse shape, especially when you consider some of the other athletes who have had multiple concussions, and the fact that the problem seems to compound as their careers go on (Simon Gagne comes to mind).

  4. broadstbully33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    the pens were completely healthy….flyers were missing prong mez mab jvr ….ur pity team got raped by half a philly team

    • claysbar - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Well then check that one in the records because it would be the first ever completely healthy team in the playoffs.

      • rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Completely healthy?!?!?1 Last time I checked Crosby was out the majority of the year and came back for a month and some. How the hell is that healthy? Neal played through injury, so did Letang. Michalek underwent hip surgery after the playoffs. Moreover, like usual we underwent numerous injuries throughout the year. Considering the Pens haven’t been fully healthy since they won the cup. I’m not making excuses. You got us this year. I wanna see next year when both teams being fully healthy and let the best team win.

      • redux12 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        You guys won a championship BECAUSE you managed to stay healthy. It’s a rarity, and one of the reasons that it is so hard to win it all. And don’t make excuses as to who on your team was injured. Malkin took Grossmann out of the series with an elbow to the head, Timonen was nursing a major back injury, Pronger, Bourdon, and Meszaros were out, JVR had a torn labrum in his hip, Giroux had two bad wrists, Simmonds had a busted finger, Jagr had a thigh injury, etc. We were far from 100%, and we wiped the floor with you guys. And yeah, yeah Stanley Cup 3 years ago and it’s been 37 for us. Fact is they’re both in the past, and we’re closer to winning another than you guys are.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        redux: how can you say “don’t make excuses as to who on your team was injured” and follow that up with 3 lines of excuses and injuries of your own. Also winning a series in 6 games when one of those games you lost 10-3 is hardly wiping the floor. Funny how everyone has to leave Philly in order to win a cup. Just ask your color analyst rick tocchet about that.

  5. rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Crosby 2nd concussion was a neck tissue injury

  6. broadstbully33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    what player did not play in playoffs for pity? philly had 5 players not playing…who cares bout reg season philly had 7 rookies playing every game…and 6 flyers had surgery after playoffs including giroux on both WRISTS. YOUR TEAM WAS AS HEALTHY AS THEY WILL EVER BE philly didnt have 2 of there best offense d men injured a future hof dman a top 6 forward and there best rookie dman ..give me a break with that injury bs…pity lost plain and simple

    • rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Ya it is a PITY your MOM lost her virginity to me…

    • hrudey - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Congratulations on winning the coveted Pennsylvania Cup. I’m sure that Flyers fans are taking to the streets to celebrate such an amazing accomplishment.

      Sorry to see Pronger or anyone dealing with concussion issues, and hopefully he recovers and can enjoy the remaining years of his life.

  7. broadstbully33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    great your mom come back …is this 1995 hahahaha….what couldnt dispute my facts so u come with your mom jokes…pity lost to half a flyers squad with just as bad if not worse goaltending

    • claysbar - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Since when is five players half a team?

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      pens lost fair and square no disputing that. Congrats on those 5 extra games! The flyers are now 1 for 3 against the pens in the playoffs during the Crosby era. Enjoy it for the next 3 months and then the slate will be clean and the rivalry will resume.

    • rtrmusic - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Ya I know, the “yo momma” jokes are pretty old, but not as old as the last time the Flyers one the cup!

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