I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but I think Pronger plays 70 to 75 games this year. Last season was the first time in seven seasons that he played less than 66 games. I know he's older, but he's also exceptionally conditioned. I think with the fact that the Flyers are four deep with defensemen (Coburn, Carle, Timonen and Meszaros), Pronger really doesn't need to play 25 to 30 minutes a night anymore to be effective. As well, if he misses 20 to 25 games, it's not a devastating loss to be without him.
As for the back surgery Pronger had, he had it in May, so you've got June, July and August to heal up and September and October to work himself back into shape. There's plenty of time for Pronger to heal up. I really think he'll be in the lineup come opening night.
Actually, taking a look at things, I wouldn't be opposed if a guy like Drew Shore and a draft pick (preferably a 2nd round pick) came back for Versteeg. I think Shore would be a nice fit in Philadelphia and the 2nd would certainly help in restocking the prospect pipeline. Shore has good size, good hands, is physical and would be ready in about two more years (people forget that he just turned 20 this year - a year in the minors and then bring him up to the pros after that). I'm starting to like the idea of Drew Shore being a Flyer more and more.....
i'm surprised that people undervalue steeg and carle so much.
Originally Posted by Broad Street Bully
I think the same way. Especially when people talk about how bad steeg was this year even though he was playing with a ****ing torn abdominal muscle.
I actually want to move Carle because I think he DOES have value. (I'm of the opinion that Carle, Hartnell, and Versteeg are really the only options to be moved, as they aren't critical and they make substantial money.) Versteeg had a rough year, and therefore would probably not fetch what we had paid to get him, which, imo, makes it unlikely he's the one to go.