Pronger is almost unquestionably the Flyers greatest player. He is easily the smartest player on the team, and his intimidation skills outrank those of any other player in the league. He'd be foolish to return early and risk further injury to himself.
Can the Philadelphia Flyers win a series without Chris Pronger? Yes, most likely they can. Could they win the Stanley Cup without him? Definitely not.
Pronger is the best player on this team, and the sole reason the Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
The Flyers can't let Pronger come back early and have the risk of a further injury plaguing him.
This one's kind of a stretch, but the team is actually finally playing well again. Although the series is tied at 1-1, the Flyers played well in game one despite the loss, and appear to be back on track. Danny Syvret, the defenseman playing in place of Pronger, has performed quite admirably in his absence.
He can heal himself, and give the Flyers a chance to see who will play in round 2, Sean O'Donnell, or Danny Syvret?
Yes, I know you could say he's gotten all the rest he needs, but it has been injured rest. Chris Pronger could use some healthy rest, in order to be in tip-top shape come round two.
Think how intimidating the Flyers could be going into round two with their best player, and playoff warrior completely rested.
If you've ever seen any national broadcast with the Flyers this season, you've heard every broadcaster ive you the same, "deepest team in the league" line. It's annoying, but true.
This is a well-built team, and they can easily win this first round without him. His absence is felt, but isn't as detrimental as it would be on any other team.
The Flyers need their best player at 100%, even if he's better than most of the league even at 80%.
If Chris Pronger sits out until round two, the Flyers will be in great position to win their 2nd consecutive Eastern Conference Championship, and possibly seal the deal in the Finals this year.