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Chris Pronger’s wife on concussion: “It’s been a lot of trauma. We’re just praying right now”


Last night, CSN Philadelphia caught up with Lauren Pronger — wife of injured Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger — at the inaugural Flyers Wives Fashion Show. The event was supposed to be hosted by both Lauren and Chris, but the latter was unable to attend after having “a bad day” in his recovery from concussion (as tweeted by’s Adam Kimelman.)

Here’s Lauren discussing how her husband is feeling and how it’s affected the family:

The effect concussions have on players’ families is something PHT profiled during our December spotlight on concussion impact in the NHL. Specifically, a quote from Pat LaFontaine’s wife, Marybeth, on how difficult it was to watch her husband struggle with the injury:

“I would walk into a room, and he would be crying. He cried a lot. Or he would be holding his head from the migraine headaches. They were terrible. He wouldn’t leave the house for a week. He wouldn’t change his clothes, wouldn’t shower. It was all the classic signs of depression. I thought he was having a nervous breakdown.”

The Philadelphia captain recently spoke out about his difficulties adjusting to life with a concussion (and without hockey).

“It is very, very tough right now,” he said via the Flyers’ official Twitter account. “I don’t feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing.”

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?