Monday, November 28, 2011

Pronger Set to Miss a Month

I'm sure the speculation is probably out there already, but it could be possible that age is catching up to Chris Pronger.  The 37-year old defenseman has opted to undergo another surgery, this time to his knee, which will now keep him out of the line-up for upwards of four weeks.  Pronger has been out of the line-up a couple times already this season, first to an eye injury from an errant high stick and lately, he's been out with a virus and that will carry over into this knee surgery, making it an awfully rough start for the veteran blueliner.

Pronger's age isn't showing in his production, having 1 goal and 11 assists in 13 games played for the Flyers, which is good enough to rank him 195th in pool scoring and he's missed a boatload of time already.  Pronger has been solid in most of the situations he's been put in, picking up points at even strength and on the power play, but the Flyers will have to wait for a month before he can get back to doing what he does best, leading this Flyers team by example.

ImplicationsNow, I couldn't see Pronger really being a candidate for being dropped in the waiver draft, despite the fact that he will miss around three of the next 9-week segment, but this will likely be a brief pondering point for Scott G., who has him in the draft this season.  Scott currently sits in 9th spot in the standings and hasn't had the best bit of luck with his Flyers players, having Jaromir Jagr and James Van Riemsdyk already on the shelf.  Scott will be an interesting case to watch in his first waiver draft.

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