In conjunction with our round-the-clock Mike Green updates, PHT is also committed to bringing you the latest in Chris Pronger news.
So, here goes: According to NHL.com’s At the Rink blog, the Flyers captain could return from his eye injury on Wednesday against the Lightning. Pronger’s now fully participated in two straight practices and flew to Tampa Bay with his teammates this afternoon.
“I’ve got to see how I feel after today. I didn’t feel too hot (Monday), so we’ll see how I feel today after a pretty good skate,” Pronger told reporters. “You don’t realize how quickly you can lose it when you’ve done nothing for seven days, you’re bedridden for four of them — the joints need to be moving. Sometimes while I feel like I’m 25, when you’re laying decrepit in your bed for four or five days, you get a little tight and stiff.”
Decrepit laying aside, most signs suggest Prong Kong (a friend of mine granted permission to use that nickname, feel free to try it) will get back to action tomorrow. He’s already missed six games and doesn’t seem keen on missing a seventh. He skated extensively with usual blueline parter Matt Carle and participated in all of Philly’s powerplay drills. Head coach Peter Laviolette said Pronger looked good during Tuesday’s practice and Claude Giroux said “he looks in great shape.”
Final note: If Pronger does return on Wednesday, he’ll be wearing a visor. Team ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Goldman refused to clear him unless he wore one.
Chris Pronger met with the media between the first and second periods of the Flyers/Canes game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The purpose of Pronger’s media scrum was to give everyone an update on his recovery process after taking an accidental stick in the eye from Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski.
The good news is that he was able to meet with the media after being put on bed rest to recover from the eye injury. He says his vision is still “a little blurry,” but says it’s because of eyes drops and medication designed to make the swelling go down around his eye. He added that he was able to “gingerly” ride a stationary bike for a brief period of time on Saturday.
Since taking the stick in the eye, the Flyers organization said that he’ll be wearing a visor when he comes back from the severe scratch on his eye. When asked during the interview if visors should be mandatory for players in the NHL, Pronger responded exactly how you’d expect Pronger to respond: “You don’t want to hear my answer to that question.” It’ll be interesting to see if he, in fact, comes back with a visor, and if he wears it for the rest of the year.
It’s positive for all Flyers fans that the captain hasn’t suffered any major setbacks thus far as he tries to recover from the nearly tragic injury. The bad news is that he still has blurred vision in his eye and don’t have an idea of when he’ll come back. Initially, the team said he would be out 2-3 weeks for this type of injury—that was a week ago.
This is one of those situations that it’s best for the organization to err on the side of caution. Obviously, it’s better to be safe than sorry when talking about a player being able to see out on the ice.
While the specifics are still cloudy on just what kind of eye injury Mike Mottau suffered – and how it might affect his vision/ability to compete in the NHL – it seems like he’s doing about as well as can be expected.
Today brought about the best bit of news so far, as the New York Islanders announced that Mottau has been cleared to fly home to Long Island after spending a few days in Atlanta while the swelling went down around his right eye.
It’s a bit of relief to hear that his condition seems to be improving, but our hope is that the useful defenseman can play again soon. Obviously, his long term health is the most important issue, but it would be a shame if this injury ended his solid career.