Chris Pronger Out Indefinitely

9 Dec

VOORHEES, N.J. — Well, it turns out Chris Pronger’s mystery virus might be what we all feared it was all along. According to general manager Paul Holmgren, Pronger, who recently underwent left knee surgery, will be out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms.

“While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms,” said Holmgren. “Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, Dec. 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation.”

Pronger sat out four games with a mystery “virus” that sounded like it could have been a concussion from afar, but he seemed to suggest otherwise with how he described his effects.

“We’re still trying to ascertain what’s going on,” said Pronger on Dec. 1 in a conference call with reporters. “Like I said, I’ve never felt like this before, so I don’t really know what’s going on.”

So was it even a virus to begin with?

“That’s a good question,” said Holmgren. “I don’t know that we’ll ever know that. We didn’t know what we were dealing with then and I’m not sure we know now. With concussion-like symptoms continue to persist and we’re just gonna get him checked.”

While “concussion-like symptoms” doesn’t absolutely translate into an actual concussion, reading between the lines says that this is serious. Both of the aforementioned doctors were used by Sidney Crosby for his concussions that kept him out of action from Jan. 6 to earlier this month.

“I think Dr. Maroon’s been used before,” said Holmgren. “I know with Ian Laperriere from a couple years ago, with his issues, we sent Ian there to see him. Obviously he’s become more of a concussion star with Sidney, I guess.”

But even though he said there were “concussion-like symptoms,” Holmgren is not ready to actually call it a concussion.

“I think over the last few days, he’s had some difficulties,” said Holmgren. “Fairly persistent headache, just a sluggish feeling, so we’re just trying to do the right thing here and get him checked out by the doctors in Pittsburgh and just see what we’re dealing with.

“We didn’t know what we were dealing with then and I’m not sure we know now. Concussion-like symptoms continue to persist and we’re just gonna get him checked.”

While the Flyers say “concussion-like symptoms,” the fact is that Pronger didn’t didn’t begin really feeling awful until earlier this week.

“This is going back before the first game he missed from what we said was a virus,” said Holmgren. “Most of this has just come up in the last two or three days where he’s just got these symptoms that seem like concussion-like symptoms so we’re gonna get him checked.”

The most pressing concern, of course, is Pronger’s health. Secondarily, it becomes a question whether the Flyers will make a move with Pronger’s future uncertain. But Holmgren doesn’t appear to be doing any extra holiday shopping.

“Well, we have seven defensemen right now that are healthy and we’re happy with their play,” said Holmgren. “Through the course of every other day, you’re talking with someone about what’s out there, but I like the way our team’s playing right now. I like the way the young kids have played on defense and I don’t feel the need to really rush into anything.”

They also won’t rush into anything with Pronger, who has now missed more games than he’s played in this season.

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