PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Los Angeles Kings on October 15, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Kings defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Paul Holmgren gave his end-of-season press conference today at Skate Zone in Voorhees, and we were hoping for some good news on the Chris Pronger front. We didn't get it. Things are still status quo for the future Hall of Fame defenseman.
"I think he still has headaches from time to time," Holmgren said. "He has concussion-like symptoms. Any chance of returning next year? Your guess is as good as mine. I think at some point I'll sit down with Chris and see where he's at. Prior to July 1, and then we'll make an assessment with where he's at."
"I'm a glass is half full kind of guy. I believe he's going to play, but I don't have anything to back that up."
So, what about the captaincy then? Holmgren addressed the debate over whether or not to give the 'C' to Claude Giroux, and said that there are plenty of guys on the team that would make a good captain. But he reiterated that Chris Pronger is still the captain of the hockey team, and that until Pronger is deemed unable to play, they won't even think about a change.
He also implied that this whole thing is silly -- ultimately, it doesn't matter who wears a letter on their chest.
"I think we make too much of this captaincy thing," Homer said. "Right now Chris is our captain and that's the way it's going to stay until he's unable to play."
We'll have more on Holmgren's presser in a bit, including a full transcript of his thoughts and some of the high and low lights. He talked about Mike Richards and Jeff Carter a bit, the salary cap next year and how CBA talks will impact the way the Flyers do business this summer and the decisions surrounding guys like Matt Carle and Jaromir Jagr.