Your Mid Afternoon ZOMG The Season is Over Flyers Roundup: Surgery Edition!

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– Howard Eskin was right. Chris Pronger may need back surgery.

– Kris Versteeg may need surgery to fix a sports hernia. Somewhere, Donovan McNabb is throwing an incomplete pass.

– Despite this comment on Richards: [via Ryan Bright]

"Mike (Richards) and I continue to work on our relationship." Laviolette said.


… Lavs, for the most part, talking to those going after Richard, defended Richie… who may need surgery.

– Full transcript of Pronger's conference call with the media… after the jump.

Chris Pronger conference call – May 9, 2011


Q: Would you tell us what happened to you physically in the playoffs?


“I’m still trying to figure it out.  I have a few doctor’s appointments being set up for tomorrow, and I will know more as to my status and as to a direction where we’re headed with respect of trying to figure that out.”


Q: Are you seeing a back, hand or knee specialist?


There it is, I was wondering when you were going to get cute.   I have a lower body injury. 


Q:  Are you worried about your [career]?


“No, Tim, I’m not.” 


Q:  Then why are you being so secretive?


“Because it’s none of your business, how about that?   I’ll have more for you when I figure it out, how about that?”


Q: How did it happen?  Did it bother you in Game 6 or 7 of Buffalo?


I don’t know.    It started to bother me a little bit in Game 7, but I didn’t know what it was.


Q: Is the test for a herniated disc?


Yeah.  See Tim, there’s a right way to ask a question, and a wrong way. 


Q: Do you think you played too much in Game 7?


“No, I think I played 18 ½ minutes in Game 7?  The amount of ice time I got had nothing to do with the injury.”


Q: What changed through Game 7 to the end of Game 1?


Like anything, with more time, the worse it gets.  It just gradually got worse and worse every day. 


Q: Did you have a belief that you would eventually play in the playoffs if the Flyers had advanced?


I don’t know, who knows.  With the medical marvels out there, who knows.  I don’t know.  I honestly can’t answer that.  Until you’re put into that position, I guess you don’t really know.


Q: When you look at the Boston series, what do you think was missing from this team?


They were obviously playing pretty well. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit for that.  They played very well defensively; we probably could have played better defensively. I believe before the series Tim thought the power play for them and us was going to be the difference in the series and apparently it wasn’t.  Because we scored on the power play, and they got them at the end of the game when it was out of hand… it really didn’t become a factor.  Five-on-five play, which was pretty good in the Buffalo series, wasn’t as good in this series.


Q: Now that we’re done, can you take us through your hand injury, what took place and where that’s at?


“My hand is still at a stage where I need to continue to work on it and get it stronger.  It was to the point where I could play, but I still don’t have a lot of grip strength, still don’t have a full range of motion, and all the rest of that.  It’s still where it was.  I just need to continue, once I figure out the next step for my other injury, I’ve got to continue to work on it and stay on top of it, and rehab that so come summertime when I can begin my training program for the next season that there’s no issues.”


Q: This is the least amount of games you’ve played in a long time.  How frustrating is that for you?


“The year from hell is over.  I started the season with a surgery and I’m going to end it probably, who knows, whether I get another one or not.  From an injury standpoint, it’s been the toughest year.  You start to get back and start feeling good, and another one crops up.  Hopefully a good summer of training and rehab on the various issues that I’ve had this year will rectify all those, and I can come into camp next year in a lot better shape, a lot healthier, and able to hopefully play 82 games next year.”


Q: This will be your third surgery in 12 or 13 months.  How hard will it be to get your head wrapped around going through that again?


“It’ll actually be my fourth.  I had my knee, my hand and my foot.  I don’t know if it’s to that point or not.  I’ve got to see what the doctors see, what their recommendations are, and then weigh the pros and cons to whatever it is that we decide to do, and go from there.”


Q: Did you see any problems leading up to the playoffs with this team?


Well, you never want to be going into the playoffs inconsistent or searching for your identity.  You want to kind of already have that in place.  Much like last year, where we went through a ton of adversity, a lot of ups and downs, but leading up to the playoffs the last month, we really grinded hard and really got into the right mode of how you need to play in the playoffs to be successful – everybody’s got to buy in, you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice and you’ve got to be playing very well as a team and as units of five out on the ice.  This year it seemed like we were a little inconsistent for much of the second half.  At some point, that inconsistency is going to catch up with you, which it did.


Q: What do you think needs to change between now and the start of the next season?


“I don’t know.  It’s a little premature to start spitballing answers to what we need to do… for me anyways.”


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5 Responses

  1. I knew Richie was hurting somehow with all of those maintenance days. F*ck all the rest of you fickle f*ckers who jumped off the band wagon and wanted him to lose his “C” or wanted him gone, or both. Did you so easily forget how much he was a factor in last year’s run? I’ll never forget:
    It was a surprise about Versteeg though. Makes me wonder how many other guys are hurt and they haven’t made it known yet. I knew it was too good to be true about the team’s health given that they avoided injury pretty much all season ecksept for Pronger.
    I’ll tell you what. If they let it be know that Carle was hiding an injury, I’ll take back all the digs at him I made. but I doubt it, and that’s what scares me. All this talk about depth. Take away a key player or two and they can’t do worth shyte in the playoffs.

  2. “Q: When you look at the Boston series, what do you think was missing from this team?
    A: … [W]e probably could have played better defensively.”
    Understatement of the year
    “Q: Did you see any problems leading up to the playoffs with this team?
    A: … This year it seemed like we were a little inconsistent for much of the second half. At some point, that inconsistency is going to catch up with you, which it did.”
    Yeah, inconsistency in defense, because the team defensive leader was hurt.
    I feel sorry for Pronger and his wrist woes. I got both of my wrist busted a long time ago fighting for this country (and some arsehole’s right to pretend to be me). I got plates and screws in both of them, and it took me many years of therapy to get to as close as normal as they could be. I’m never going to have the same range of motion (pronation and supination) that I had before the injury, and I’ve never got the same grip strength back. However, my liveleehood is dependent on my wrists being so good, since I have a free ride from my country forever because of my service. But I can feel for how Pronger is a little appreehensive and gaurded about his future, since it can be an end of a career. Let’s hope not, for everyone’s sake, because an NHL without him won’t be as fun as it is with him, no matter where he plays.

  3. Iron Balls McGinty,
    It’s funny you bring that video up. I get chills whenever I watch that video.
    The thing is though that what you see in that video seemed to be totally absent from the Flyers’ efforts this year. I’m not calling out Richards specifically, but look at his hustle there. I don’t know if anyone on the Flyers was working that hard this spring. It’s sad, but that’s why they lost.

  4. Thanks NickFromGermantown, it gives me chills too even though they didn’t get the big prize.
    Part of my point is that people coming down hard on guys like Richie when they’re hurt, but still very human and are just like you and me, not invincible (although some can take a shyteload of beating).
    Hell, I get laid up sometimes with all the metal holding part of my back together when the weather changes (that’s why I live in the 33139, it’s much better on my body here). So I know how much it hurts to exert an injured body like that the way these guys do.
    Now on the other hand, guys who were healthy who might not have given it their “Maximum Effort”. Yeah, sad for us, but woe to them. Us hardcore fans remember.

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