It’s been talked about since captain Chris Pronger went down for the season in December, but now the question resonates louder than it ever has before.
Who are they going to get?
With the February 27 trade deadline quickly approaching, rumors have been swirling as to what the Philadelphia Flyers plan to do to make their promising team a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.
As each day ends and a new one begins, the anticipation to what will be done becomes more palpable.
After suffering another disappointing shootout loss at the hands of the lowly New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7) will try to get back on track tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6).
The Flyers put forth a solid effort in the shutout loss to the Islanders generating tons of scoring chances only to be rejected 45 times by the stellar goaltending of Evgeni Nabokov.
The loss was the team’s third consecutive, marking the first time that has happened this season.
The All-Star break is an exciting time of year for an NHL hockey player. Whether they are playing in the game or watching from home, the weeklong break is a welcome vacation from the marathon that is the NHL season.
For those involved, the event is a tangible example of their achievements and acknowledges a job well done.
For those who don’t take part in the game, the weeklong break is a time to re-charge their batteries in preparation for the stretch run towards the end of the season.
Some players will spend their time catching up with family or friends. Some will go on vacation, play some golf or maybe visit their hometown.
Hopefully, Philadelphia Flyers rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon will spend some of his time going over game film.
From what general manager Paul Holmgren has said, it seems like Pronger has been having a lot more bad days than good.
“I’ve talked to Chris enough to know that things haven’t been going very good,” General manager Paul Holmgren said prior to Thursday night’s loss to the New York Islanders.
“Somebody said to me, one of our doctors, that concussions are like fingerprints, none of them are the same,” He said. “So, we obviously hope for the best for Chris and over time here we’ll need to prepare for the worst but I don’t think we’re at that point right now.”
With the symptoms still present, Pronger and his doctors have begun to test new treatments.
As of this moment, no body really knows what is going on.
“He was prescribed glasses and I think that’s helped him a little bit. He’s doing some […] other treatment regiments,” Holmgren said. “He’s seeing the doctors again on February 1st and we’ll have a little bit better idea then of where we’re at…or maybe we won’t, I don’t know. We’ll continue to monitor it and like I said, hope for the best.”
Adam Foote might be the only NHL defenseman more despised by Wings faithful than Chris Pronger over the past 15 seasons. That's a big might. Pronger is strong, mean and skilled; he's a player you hate for your squad to play against but would love to have him on your team. Whether it was with St. Louis, Edmonton or Anaheim, Pronger gave the Wings trouble in the postseason with crunching hits and booming point shots. His battles with Tomas Holmstrom were epic and memorable.
Unfortunately the concussion epidemic sweeping the league also struck Pronger who is shut down for the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome. It's a detriment to the league when any play...
The Islanders are heading into the Big Apple to face their archrivals, the New York Rangers. Coming off back-to-back shootout wins (courtesy of Frans Neilsen and his patented forehand-backhand-top shelf move), the young Isles team is carrying a bit of momentum into the World’s Greatest Arena. They are playing with more confidence and finding ways to win hockey games.
This is a good thing. Because they will need every ounce of momentum, confidence, skill, (and maybe even a little luck) to leave Madison Square Garden with 2 points against the Rangers in tonight’s contest.
The Rangers (with 3 games in hand) are currently tied for 2nd in the Atlantic Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they each have managed 42 points so far this season.