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GM on Pronger: 'Chris is never going to play again'

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07:30 AM ET 10.16 | Chris Pronger isn't back on the ice, but, with his size and personality, he's still hard to miss. It's good to see Pronger again. It's even better to see him back to something that, at least on the outside, resembles his former self. Ravaged by post-concussion syndrome and a serious eye injury, Pronger hasn't been on the ice since Nov. 19, 2011, with the exception of "pushing pucks around" during his sons' practices. And despite his public proclamations that he still holds out hopes of playing again, it's widely believed his career is over. He has come a long way from the depressing days filled with despair when he would stumble around his house in the dark, but he's even further from ever being fit to play in the NHL. ... "I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again," said Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "I have no problems saying it."

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October 16, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Gary " hey Paul remember that off the record memo about shutting your piehole when circumventing the cap?"

October 16, 2013  09:15 AM ET

I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again

It looks like that also applies to the rest of the team

October 16, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'll say it, Chris is never going to play againIt looks like that also applies to the rest of the team

Zing.

On Chris, I feel for him and his family.

October 16, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

On Chris, I feel for him and his family.

Whoops, you just pressed the "karma" and "payback" autoreply buttons.

October 16, 2013  10:00 AM ET

It's difficult to feel sorry for the school yard bully when he gets hit by a car.

October 16, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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It's difficult to feel sorry for the school yard bully when he gets hit by a car.

Was the car damaged badly?

Seriously, I hate to see anybody, including Pronger, wind up with concussion problems which are, or can be, the cause of life-long problems. I hope he get's better but I doubt whether he'll ever play again.

Maybe Holmgren can run a funeral home when the Flyers change GMs? Tell the grieving families "well, the grocery bills will be reduced. Look on the bright side".

October 16, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again," said Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "I have no problems saying it." Glad to see he's so happy about that.

He hasn't said anything we didn't already know. I hope Pronger fully recovers so his wife can put the dough pin or a 9 iron to him to atone for past ... ahem ... indiscretions.

October 16, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Seriously, I hate to see anybody, including Pronger, wind up with concussion problems which are, or can be, the cause of life-long problems.

He's doing fine with the concussion symptoms. It's his right eye that's the greatest concern. It has never healed properly since being hit by Grabovski's stick on the follow-through on a shot.

October 16, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Maybe Holmgren can run a funeral home when the Flyers change GMs? Tell the grieving families "well, the grocery bills will be reduced. Look on the bright side".

He already is but ... it's only for goaltenders' careers at this point. ;-)

October 16, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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He's doing fine with the concussion symptoms. It's his right eye that's the greatest concern. It has never healed properly since being hit by Grabovski's stick on the follow-through on a shot.

On TV yesterday they said because of the eye he can't even exercise vigorously.

October 16, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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"I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again," said Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "I have no problems saying it."Glad to see he's so happy about that.

I know, I thought the same thing. This is old news around this area.

Prongers wife even said it about a year ago in an interview.

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October 16, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

On TV yesterday they said because of the eye he can't even exercise vigorously.

I wasn't aware the eye injury was that bad and still causing him so many problems!

October 16, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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It's difficult to feel sorry for the school yard bully when he gets hit by a car.

I agree. Sorry on a human level...but just barely.

October 16, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I agree. Sorry on a human level...but just barely.

I don't wish him ill. For his and his family's sake, I hope he fully recovers. He'll pretty harmless from now on.

October 16, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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I agree. Sorry on a human level...but just barely.

teeny bit of rarely , but yes

October 16, 2013  12:45 PM ET

Don't like the talk of karma. It rarely affects just that ONE person.

October 16, 2013  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Don't like the talk of karma. It rarely affects just that ONE person.

In Pronger's case, it's called Karma Sutra.

 
October 16, 2013  03:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

In Pronger's case, it's called Karma Sutra.

yup while Pronger is dropping the kids off at school and trying to find his way back home; wifey is having breakfast in bed with Hartnall just for spite ;)

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