How a Healthy Chris Pronger Makes the Philadelphia Flyers a Playoff Team

August 11th, 2011 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
Recently, Comcast SportsNet’s Tim Panaccio reported that Flyers' defenseman Chris Pronger fully expects to play a full 82-game season this year, even though he will almost certainly miss the preseason.

Pronger is recovering from surgery on a herniated disk in his back that took place in May and is still affected by hand surgery that took place in March. He has not done any heavy lifting since before the hand operation.

Pronger’s prediction may be a tad ambitious, but the news is welcome news for Flyers fans. 

The health of any player who is recovering from surgery will always be a concern for fans, but Pronger’s case is a special one.

General manager Paul Holmgren overhauled the team’s roster in June and July, giving the Flyers an entirely new look that has created anxiety for some fans as the preseason schedule draws near. Pronger is one of the most important familiar faces returning to the team, and many consider him both the centerpiece of the Flyers and the future captain of the team.

Perhaps no player outside of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is more crucial to the success or failure of the Fly ...

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