Philadelphia Flyers fans are getting used to hearing bad news, as it seems like a handful of players are going down with some sort of injury this season. Through it all, they've been doing fairly well and staying near the top of the Eastern Conference.
When news broke that Chris Pronger would be out for the remainder of the regular season including playoffs, some Philly fans were ready to jump off a bridge. Losing Pronger was huge, and it left a gaping hole on their blue line that is next to impossible to replace. Paul Holmgren has yet to address this need, but it's expected he will get help by the February 27th trade deadline.
While mostly everyone has moved on with the grim news, I can't help but feel like it may have been a little premature to rule Chris Pronger out for as long as they did. I mean, after all, we're four to five months away from the playoffs. Whose to say Pronger won't feel better by then?
Even Holmgren doesn't completely rule out a possibility. In an interview with Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, Holmgren offered a few short comments.
"I think right now, Chris is not an option. If he gets better somewhere over the next month, months, we’ll address that when we get there." Holmgren said.
When asked if Pronger could be re-evaluated later on in the season if his concussion symptoms subside, Holmgren replied "We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it."
If I know one thing about Chris, it's that he hates missing games and I know he'd do anything to be out there on the ice right now. However, at his age, he must not rush himself back into the line-up or it could be the end of the road for him.
Do you think Pronger could still make a return this season?
With the playoffs months away, I get a distinct feeling that Pronger could make a return. I don't expect him to be back anytime soon, but if the Flyers can make a deep playoff run, I can't imagine Pronger would miss it. Especially if the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Final again.
What makes this idea so interesting is the fact that Philly has the potential to ice what could be one of the best defenses in league history upon Pronger's return. It's just a matter of time before the Flyers address their needs at the blue line, and if they can acquire a guy like Shea Weber, it would be huge. With a healthy Pronger, the Flyers could potentially have both of them along with their already potent defense.
While many things would have to go right for something like this to happen, it would certainly be truly awesome to see. It would be a real treat for Philly fans.
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