It goes to show just how bad Chris Pronger's injury situation is when this news qualifies as good news: According to Paul Holmgren, the Flyers captain is indeed improving in his concussion recovery, but not enough to lace up the skates and take a spin on the ice, let alone play a game. The general manager spoke with the Inquirer earlier today:
"He's doing better, but not to the point where he can think about playing" right now, Holmgren said.
Asked if there was a chance Pronger could do some skating in the near future, Holmgren said, it's "too soon to consider that."
Since he suffered a devastating head injury last October, we've all but written off Pronger's chances of returning to the ice for another NHL game. He's under contract with the Flyers until the summer of 2017, but news that he's sold his South Jersey home and moved to St. Louis only solidified the near-certain end to his playing career.
This news doesn't really change that much, but it at least brings us a bit of hope that he can resume a normal life after hockey.
On that very subject, the Sporting News published an interview with former Flyers captain Keith Primeau today. It's a strong, emotional read all the way through, but perhaps the most jarring part is right off the top:
I was driving home from dropping my kids off at school, and I have a headache today. I was thinking back to that point in time, almost 12 months into my last concussion, I was still trying to get back. When I reflect on that moment in time-I'm now seven years removed, and I still suffer post-concussion symptoms-how in the world did I ever think I was going to come back and play?
Let's hope and pray that Pronger is able to continue to get better, and that he takes a lesson from Primeau and doesn't even think about playing hockey any time soon. Let's hope that in seven years, he's not suffering from the same nightmare Primeau still experiences today.