The last time Chris Pronger stepped onto the ice was November 19, 2011. The hulking defenseman played a total of 26:41 minutes during that game, notching two assists. When Pronger didn’t suit up for the following games for the Flyers, the team initially stated that he was out with a virus. In December the club came clean and admitted that their captain was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
Not long after, Pronger shut down his season. Since then not much has been heard from the Flyers or Pronger on his status. There have been some rumblings that he hopes to return, but the term hope isn’t one that I would put a lot of stock in.
When someone bases his or her future on hope it's not a good thing. Pronger and the Flyers need to uncross their fingers, stop shaking the magic eight ball and reading tea leaves. They need to remove hope from their vocabulary and replace it with retirement.
Chris Pronger needs to stop hoping and start retiring. Here’s why.