VOORHEES, N.J. — Visor and all, Chris Pronger is back — for practice, anyway. The captain skated on his own earlier this week, but was the first one on the ice for practice Friday morning.
Following the injury, Pronger was relegated to bedrest for four days before riding a bike “gingerly” for 15 minutes. The initial timeframe according to general manager Paul Holmgren was about two weeks for recovery. Pronger’s return to practice on Friday makes that a pretty accurate prediction.
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Chris Pronger skated for the third time on Friday, by himself, as he recovers from a right eye injury.
All signs seem to point toward Pronger playing either next week in Tampa Bay or next weekend in Florida.
For his part, Captain Warmth, who wore a visor on the ice, said he was withholding comment until Saturday.
“He won’t play [Saturday against Columbus],” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “He’ll take part in the morning skate. He needs some practice time with the team before he comes back, but he’s getting closer.”
“We’ll see how he does over the next few days,” Holmgren replied. “Chris has been around the block a few times. I’m sure he’ll feel more comfortable once he gets some practice time in.”
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AWESOME!!!! I am thrilled to see him on the ice again. YEAH!! but I'm worried that his eye isn't completely healed to be on the ice yet taking drills. It's any eye injury I don't want them to risk anything.
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WELLS FARGO CENTER — The Flyers stretched out at the center ice circle and Danny Briere and Chris Pronger were chatting about and adjusting their half shields. It’s still a learning process for Pronger, who has to wear the visor by Dr. Stephen Goldman’s orders after getting hit in the eye on Oct. 24.
“It is clear. So I can see through it,” said the captain. “But there is that lip and you’re used to just not really having to look, it’s just right there. It is a bit of an adjustment. Sometimes it’s something you have to do. You just get used to it.”
The 37-year-old defenseman hasn’t worn a shield since he played in juniors for the Peterborough Petes, nearly 20 years ago. The technology has changed just a bit in that time, but Pronger says he doesn’t know how comfortable he is with the visor yet because he hasn’t played in a game.
“I haven’t done anything than just skate,” said Pronger. “It hasn’t really fogged up because I haven’t really been doing much. Until I do something more dramatic, I probably don’t really have much for you.
“Nothing beats being on the ice and in games and being a part of it.”