Initial reports of the injury were certainly a cause for concern, but the updates are reassuring. "Chris saw Dr. Goldman again today. He continues to improve daily," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
The injury sparked an immediate debate over whether or not visors should be mandatory in the NHL, since the equipment may have prevented Pronger's injury.
Currently, the NHL gives players an option to wear the shield or not. Many junior leagues make it mandatory.
Pronger's close call is sure to make many wonder whether or not playing without the protection is worth the risk, though it is not the worst injury of this sort.