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08:19 AM ET 12.16 | The most disappointing news may wind up being true for Chris Pronger. Nobody sums up the term "old school" better than Pronger, someone who hasn't been involved much in the NHL's concussion discussion. Not until Thursday night, anyway, when his boss, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, took the unprecedented step of announcing that Pronger's concussion symptoms are so severe that he has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. ... And given Pronger's age (37), the truculent nature of his play, and the wear and tear on his body, it isn't outside the realm of possibility to think that his distinguished career could be over.

The Globe and Mail

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December 16, 2011  08:29 AM ET

truly disappointing. Fortunately they're very deep in D. He may be missed in the locker room, but they've shown they can certainly win without him.

December 16, 2011  08:50 AM ET

I'd be surprised if he comes back at all. I doubt he'll get medical clearance. He's not 24 like Crosby.

December 16, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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And the NHL will deeply mourn his loss.Oh wait, it's Chris Pronger. Nevermind.

Agree completely, I was just watching the hit he threw on holmstrom from behind, head first into the glass.

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December 16, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Deep on D? The Flyers are winning with offense, their D is mediocre at best. With or without Pronger.

Goaltending is kinda suspect. Not sure if I'd trust either guy in the playoffs.

December 16, 2011  09:26 AM ET

It certainly sounds like a career-ender.

December 16, 2011  09:36 AM ET

The concussions are getting out of control. It's really not cool. This is a plague at this point and needs to be addressed immediately. Whether it's changes in equipment, rules, etc. It's amazing what hockey culture is becoming.

On 24/7 you could see Giroux doing the on site concussion test. In all seriousness, I bet any guy during the game would probably fail or have a boarderline result. You have so much energy pumping and adrenaline going that drawing a straight line might not be easy to focus on.

December 16, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Regardless of Pronger's career, I don't celebreate in his post-concussion syndrome. It's not who I am, even if those would believe it is karma.

Regardless of wha this does to his career, hopefully he can live his life (for his family's sake if anyone's) to a certain degree of normalcy.

December 16, 2011  09:57 AM ET

I'd like to make a comment; however, I've been talking to Thumper's mother.

December 16, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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I'd like to make a comment; however, I've been talking to Thumper's mother.

Huh?

December 16, 2011  10:00 AM ET

He's had a good career, get out while you can still count to ten, go to the bathroom by yourself, and cut your own food. Not everyone can play to forty.

December 16, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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Huh?

"If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all."

December 16, 2011  10:17 AM ET

It's really disappointing, but Pronger needs to consider his future now. He doesn't have anything to prove, he's got a ring. As much as I would hate to see him have to retire, his health is more important now. He still has half his life to go, no reason to risk the quality of it.

December 16, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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truly disappointing. Fortunately they're very deep in D. He may be missed in the locker room, but they've shown they can certainly win without him.

Flyers are ranked #1 in offense and #18 in defense. They are deep in the sense that they have some decent players on defense, but it is average at best. Holmgren has time now to find a guy to trade for, which is about the only silver lining to this for the Flyers.

December 16, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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And the NHL will deeply mourn his loss.Oh wait, it's Chris Pronger. Nevermind.

Well, if those Maple Leafs weren't so careless with their sticks....

December 16, 2011  10:20 AM ET

7 years, 4.9 million per and we got one good season.

I hope he ends up ok and all, but i'm already thinking of the future here. I wonder if we could get away with putting him on LTIR for the next four years and then have him retire at the end of the contract. Would that be considered subversion of the CBA? By the letter of the law it's legal. At least then we could shop for another 1st pairing D-man.

Homer's definitely going to be calling Nashville now. Hopefully we can fleece them again like before. I really don't want to see Read, Couts or Schenn leave Philly. That's our future right there.

December 16, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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AlphaMikeFoxtrot

LOL!

 
December 16, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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Goaltending is kinda suspect. Not sure if I'd trust either guy in the playoffs.

The goalies would look better if the defense were a little more stout. Too often there are opposing players having free reign in front of the Flyers net. That's where Pronger will really be missed.

And, you probably didn't see the Flyers/Canadiens game last night. Bob made some amazing saves. I'm less worried about him and Bryz than I am about getting the defense playing better.

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