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Chris Pronger out for the season


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The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday that captain Chris Pronger will be out for the rest of the season and the playoffs because of severe post-concussion syndrome. Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement through a team spokesman early in the first period of the Flyers’ 4-3 victory in Montreal on Thursday night.

Pronger met with concussion specialists Joseph Maroon and Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and their recommendation was to shut Pronger down for the season.

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs. Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

Pronger first injured his right eye Oct. 24 when Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski struck Pronger with his stick.  Pronger missed six games after that incident and then returned to play five games. He then went out with what at the time the Flyers said was a virus. Nearly three weeks later the Flyers said Pronger had concussion-like symptoms.

Pronger joins the ever growing list of players who are suffering from a concussion. Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Milan Michalek, Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen, Brian Rolston just to name a few. This has created buzz league wide and in many media platforms. Is the NHL as a league doing all it can to prevent injuries? Are suspensions enough? Do they even work?

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  1. December 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I think the NHL should ban teammates. That would have prevented most of the recent concussions. I hate to agree with Buttman but there isn’t a whole lot more the league can do without changing the game until it’s unrecognizable. i.e. ban fighting, eliminate all head shots incidental included, put the red line back in, bring the instigators aka goons back to protect the stars. They can’t slow down the players or make them smaller. Better helmets wouldn’t have prevented a few of the concussions (visors might have). So reduce the pad size and make them softer?? Make the rinks bigger (yeah that will happen). Oh hell, just ban Crosby so we don’t have to hear about him anymore.

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