Chris Pronger hasn’t played since Nov. 19 because of a concussion and anyone who is still hoping that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2012-13 campaign won’t like the latest news from Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
Holmgren said Pronger is still dealing with headaches and is “the same,” according to Sam Carchidi.
He will go to the Skate Zone at Voorhees in the coming weeks, but Holmgren said that Pronger will not be skating.
The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15, but if the season starts on time then the Philadelphia Flyers will be dealing with a number of injured blueliners. In addition to Pronger, Andrej Meszaros is recovering from an Achilles injury and Andreas Lilja underwent hip surgery.
Michael Sauer was put out of commission with a concussion this past season in December thanks to a big hit from Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf. Sauer missed the remainder of the season with the head injury.
The bad news? He’s still feeling the effects of it now as Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. Brooks says the Rangers aren’t optimistic about Sauer being ready for the season whether it starts on time or not.
If Sauer, said to be feeling better than he was before returning home to Minnesota for the summer but is not believed symptom-free, cannot play, he would be placed on the long-term injury list.
The good news is he’s feeling better, so that’s a start. The bad news is he’s still feeling the effects of that monster hit from nine months ago.
Sauer’s brother Kurt, formerly of the Phoenix Coyotes, has also struggled with concussion issues for the past few years. Brooks mentions their brother Craig is a former NFL player who had his career end because of, you guessed it, concussion problems. Coincidence or not that’s pretty freaky.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Darryl Sutter had his turn with the Stanley Cup over the weekend and brought it “to the farm.” It wasn’t the Cup’s first trip there, but it’s the first time that Darryl has been able to deliver it. (Calgary Herald)
Corey Crawford isn’t dwelling on Chicago’s reported interest in Martin Brodeur before the future Hall of Fame goaltender re-signed with the New Jersey Devils. He’s more focused on getting ready for the 2012-13 campaign after his disappointing performance last season. (CSN Chicago)
Predators GM David Poile and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has talked “just once” since Weber agreed to an offer sheet with Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News)
Could part of the reason that Daniel Alfredsson is being non-committal about his future be related to the CBA uncertainty? (Ottawa Sun)
Marian Hossa spoke out about the aftermath of his concussion. Sidney Crosby reached out to him and offered some advice. (Chicago Tribune)
Tomas Jurco is likely to sign an entry-level contract with Detroit when the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation and International Ice Hockey Federation reach a transfer agreement. (Detroit Free Press)
Unrestricted free agent Dominic Moore thinks he’s found a great way to raise money for concussion and brain research: table tennis.
Moore took some time off from looking for a new employer to the time to put together a fundraising tournament featuring past and present NHL players.
“Guys are obsessed with playing, they are competitive and it is a lot of fun,” Moore said, according to a report from the Toronto Sun. “It’s a great avenue to show their personalities. We’ll see if it works. I would love for it to get bigger and better every year.”
The motivation for such a fundraiser isn’t hard to figure out. Although the NHL has taken steps to combat concussions, they are still a big problem.
“The last few years, head injuries have been a constant headline,” Moore said. “The understanding in terms of the science of it is huge. As much as we are learning every day, it seems like every month they are coming out with new studies. There is still a long way to go.”
Among the participants in Moore’s tournament was reigning Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos.
“We have to be more aware,” Stamkos said. “When Mooresy asked me to be a part of this, it was a no-brainer, no pun intended. It’s important in our game today and we want to learn as much as possible about it starting in youth hockey and moving up to the pro ranks.”
Stamkos thinks that the league and NHLPA has done a great job protecting the players by changing the rules and imposing harsher suspensions. At this point he thinks that “the onus is on the players.”
It feels like forever ago, but Jonathan Toews says he’s finally over the concussion that put him out of action at the end of this past season and made life hard for him in the playoffs.
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune hears from Toews about how he’s feeling now a few months removed from his injury.
“I feel great,” said Toews, who attended a meeting with the National Hockey League Players Association executive board Monday at a downtown hotel. “I’m having a great summer so far. It was a pretty nerve-wracking thing (but) taking the time off and not going to the World Championships was really big. I haven’t felt or seen anything since so it’s good news.”
The Blackhawks captain didn’t quite seem like himself during their first-round defeat to the Coyotes scoring two goals and adding two assists in the six-game series. While he was also busy talking up Patrick Kane, Toews is also in the position of dealing with being part of the labor situation this summer. It’s never a slow time when you’re a captain.