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Pronger shows improvement, “doing better” after doctor visit

Sep 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

Chris Pronger AP

Chris Pronger‘s slow, frustrating concussion recovery has taken a positive turn.

That’s the word out of Philadelphia today as Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told the veteran defenseman had shown improvement while visiting a Pittsburgh-area doctor last week.

“He’s doing better,” Holmgren explained. “But not to the point where he can think about playing.”

The next logical step, one would assume, is for Pronger to try and resume skating — in any capacity — though Holmgren said it’s “too soon” to consider such a step.

Regardless of whether Pronger returns to the ice in the near future, or at all, these recent developments have provided optimism in a recovery process that hasn’t seen much.

Two weeks ago, Holmgren said there was no change in Pronger’s status and that the towering rearguard was still experiencing headaches, almost 11 full months since the concussion occurred.

  1. Stiller43 - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Aa a pens fan, glad to hear. Hes a very good player, but more important a human who deserves a clean bill of health

  2. crosberries - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Good for him good for hockey f Philly

  3. somekat - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    He won’t play again. As a flyers fan, it would be awesome. With the whiffs this off-season, we need that #1 defender, which we lost in Prongs. But in reality, even if he does get to a point where he can physically play, is is worth it? You can’t even say he can just skip the start of the season, and come back late if they are making a run, because it’s not a wear and tear type of injury, it could happen on the first shift.

    Could cause problems for the Flyers though. If he is cleared to play, i doubt they can still hide his salary on the LTIR

  4. mclovinhockey - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Good to hear, hate to see players injured, specially when they are my captain

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    The progression of his health may be the only positive of this lockout. Keep it going…

  6. eyeh8goodell - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Glad to har he’s doing better, but his career is clearly over.

  7. rgledz - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    He seriously needs to think of the rest of his life and just hang up the skates. I’ve never been a Pronger fan, but I hate to see careers end because of injury. This is way too serious to go back out there and get concussed again (which is likely to happen). I hope he makes the right decision.

  8. dprouse - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Pronger should simply count himself lucky that his symptoms have improved. From the sounds of it, I don’t think Keith Primeau’s ever did. I can’t see a doctor ever giving him the green light to play again…

  9. attyken - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Life long Flyers fan here. I would love to see him in the Orange and Black again…but his health is more important than hockey. Best of wishes to him and his family.

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