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12-16-2011, 01:34 PM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
The more important question is; does Pronger want to put himself at risk once he is cleared to play. From what I have heard; Pronger is very upset and scared about this injury. At some point over the next 5 years; his concussion symptoms will go away and he will be cleared to play - but will he want to? Does he want to take the risk of another concussion when it could mean going through the same thing all over again.

If he is cleared to play next year or the year after, he might retire. And that would be a HUGE problem.
Yes, it would. But Pronger also largely controls whether he ever gets cleared to play again. Two years from now, let's say he is generally asymptomatic without returning to play. He has no interest in risking his future welfare by returning to the ice. He also stands to gain $11 million more in salary by not retiring. The Flyers stnad to lose $5 million in cap space a year, and probably don't pay Pronger's salary anyway (insurance).

Option A: Pronger retires, gives up the money, screws the Flyers, and lets the insurance company off the hook.

Option B: Chris mentions to the doctor that he had a minor headache, gets himself shut-down for six more months. Rinse, repeat as necessary for two more years. Pronger gets his long-term health, the Flyers get short-term cap relief, and the insurance company foots the bill.

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