On Friday, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren officially revealed what’s been bothering team Captain Chris Pronger in addition to his knee problems.
“While Chris’s knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms. Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinitely.”
The increasingly popular diagnosis known as “concussion-like symptoms” is a term that no one in Philly wants to hear. The Flyers struggled during Pronger’s absence last season and they’d rather not deal with the 37-year-old defenceman being out of action for very long again.
However, Pronger’s indefinite leave of absence doesn’t sound optimistic and the Flyers should be prepared to move forward without their captain for the next several months. This means that a few players in particular are going to have to step up their leadership roles and someone may even have to take over as the team captain.
Let’s take a look at the top five candidates to step in for the injured Pronger as captain on a temporary basis: