Philadelphia Flyers: Why Chris Pronger Should Retire

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Philadelphia Flyers: Why Chris Pronger Should Retire
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Philadelphia Flyers fans hoping for good news regarding Chris Pronger should probably not read the following.

Those among you who didn’t expect the towering defenseman to be ready to play during the 2012-13 season may continue reading.

The last time Pronger suited up for an NHL game was Nov. 19, 2011. Initially the team reported that its captain was suffering from a virus of unknown origin, a “virus” that later was reported for what it actually was: post-concussion syndrome.

Throughout last season, sporadic reports offered little in the way of positive news about Pronger’s condition. In January, his wife, Lauren Pronger, spoke (via NHL.com) about her husband’s condition:

"It's a tough go at home. We're going day-to-day right now—good days, bad days. It's been a lot of trauma going on. We're just praying right now. He's battling. He wants to be out there more than anybody. It's tough for all of us to watch him go through this."

The latest update on Pronger, provided via Twitter by The Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Sam Carchidi, doesn’t offer much in the way of hope for Pronger’s NHL career:

 

Pronger will not skate in Voorhees when he arrives, Homer said, addingthe Dman will go through some physical tests. #Flyers

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) September 8, 2012



There comes a time when a player such as Pronger needs to shift his focus away from getting well enough to play the game of hockey at an elite level and start to think about living the rest of his life in a normal manner.

If I can offer my opinion on the subject, that time would be now for Pronger.

Pronger has accomplished everything an NHL player can hope to accomplish. He’s lifted the Stanley Cup, won Olympic gold, took home both the Norris and Hart Trophies and played in multiple All-Star games.

If his career ended today, he would have played in 1167 regular season games and 173 playoff games. He would be remembered as one of the most competitive players to ever patrol the blue line in the NHL and would garner some consideration as a Hall of Fame player.

Not too shabby of a career if you ask me.

It’s time for Pronger to move on to the next stage of his career. Of his life.

For a competitor like Pronger, that may be a hard fact to face, but make no mistake, it’s in his best interest, as well as in the best interest of his family, that he never take the ice again in an NHL game.

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