Evening Nonsense: Chris Pronger Hasn’t Lifted a Weight in Six Months, Wayne Gretzky in NHL 12, Charles Barkley on 97.5

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Check it out, his head's bleeding

1993 wants this post back:

– NHL 12 will feature Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, among others. Puck Daddy has more. The Winter Classic will also be in the game, but only playable at Heinz Field.

– Charles Barkley will co-host – in studio – with Mike Missanelli from 2-6 on Wednesday. I’m sure a certain other blog will jump at the opportunity to keep up their obsession with Chuck.

– Chris Pronger spoke with the media today. He told reporters he is nowhere near playing shape, a revelation that makes trading the captain and leading scorer all the more perplexing and concerning. 

At this point, I’m having serious trouble seeing how the Flyers are going to be better this year:

Q: What concerns you the most right now, where you have to be in terms of training camp?

“Well, that would be strength. I haven’t lifted a weight in the last six months, so that would be the answer to your question of what haven’t I done, well, obviously lift weights. Strength, for my position and the way I play, is critical. So I’ve got to gain my strength back before I begin skating.”

 

The full transcript, courtesy of the Flyers' city-leading PR department, is after the jump.

 

Q: How are you feeling and what’s going on?

 

“I’m doing ok. I am starting to feel a little bit better and do a little bit more in the gym. I was cleared to start riding the bike a little bit harder, but have yet to be cleared to start lifting weights though.”

 

Q: What is a daily routine like for you now compared to what it should be like?

 

“I usually get into the gym and walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes and then I ride the bike for anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes, and have over the last couple weeks slowly started to increase the wattage or tension on the bike, and I am starting to get up there. I get a pretty good sweat now and my heart rate gets up there so I am starting to get fairly close to where I would probably ride at. I have yet to begin doing sprint work or anything like that.  From there I go into some core work for probably another 30 minutes, and work on my back and my core and everything I need to do to tighten up to work on my back rehab.  And then depending on the day I’ll go do legs or I’ll do some light shoulder work. ”

 

Q: What concerns you the most right now, where you have to be in terms of training camp?

 

“Well, that would be strength. I haven’t lifted a weight in the last six months, so that would be the answer to your question of what haven’t I done, well, obviously lift weights. Strength, for my position and the way I play, is critical. So I’ve got to gain my strength back before I begin skating.”

 

Q: The team made a lot of moves in the off-season, obviously, and you lost a lot of goals. What is your feeling on the makeover? Do you like the moves that were made?

 

“I think the biggest thing, [when] you look at offensive production and things of that nature, I think you need to look at projections and where guys are going to take their game with increased ice time, increased power play time, things of that nature. Obviously, with the addition of [Jaromir] Jagr, you’re hopefully going to get 50 or 60 points out of him.  [Claude Giroux], who knows where he takes his game to.  [James van Riemsdyk] scratched the surface last year in the playoffs and hopefully he comes back and is able to take his game to the next level. Wayne Simmonds can come in and provide 15 or 20 goals on the wing.  [Jakub] Voracek coming in, he should be able to supply some offense. We lose a lot in [Michael Richards] and [Jeff Carter] and [Ville Leino] but I think you gain some of that back through the improved play and increased ice time, power play and what not for those other guys I mentioned. And then really the style of play. We don’t want to be in shootouts.  We don’t want to play in games that are 8-7.  We want to be able to rely on our goaltender and our defense, which is where we’re built, and our youth up front, get skating, get physical, get in on the play and create turnovers and things of that nature.”

 

Q: Getting back to your back, where are you now compared to where you usually are this time of year? Do you see yourself trying to speed up the process or are you going to take it slower and whenever you get on the ice, you get on the ice?

 

“I’m not going to speed up the process one bit. It’s going to go how it goes.   Normally at this time of year I would have already had 2 months of strength training. I usually start kind of curtailing that a little bit and do more cardio.  Now I have been doing all cardio and no lifting, so it’s kind of a little bit backwards. I need to obviously do a lot of lifting to get my body back to where it needs to be and the shape it needs to be to be able to play an 82 game schedule, and 25-30 minutes a game, the way I play.”

 

Q: Realistically when do you think you will be able to be on the ice?

 

“Well I could use the same line I have used a couple times but I won’t. I don’t know. I haven’t started lifting weights yet so I don’t know how my body is going to respond and what kind of strength I am going to have and all the rest of that. Until I get to the gym and start lifting weights I really couldn’t tell you.”

 

Q: Have you been told when you can start lifting weights?

 

“I was told by the hand doctor I could lift in another week, possibly.”

 

Q: Is the lifting weight problem the hand or the back or a combination of both?

 

“No, it would be the hand.”

 

Q: You did say 82 games. Is that a possibility, or a remote possibility, you could be ready on opening day?

 

“Again, I don’t know. The goal is to be ready for Game 1 of the regular season. I am starting to progress.  I think Homer [Paul Holmgren] talked maybe last week about I was in seeing the doctor about a week and a half ago and I was kind of cleared then to progress my cardio and things like that, and grab light weights and do some shoulder work and stuff like that. Once I get cleared, I can start getting into a full lifting program and all the rest of that.  Again, it’s how my body reacts and how I feel that dictates when I start to skate and where we go from there.”

 

Q: Do you have pain now?

 

“Just sitting here talking to you guys, I have no pain.  Other than my brain.”

 

Q: Are you confident the problem has been fixed?

 

“I am. I am, yeah. I hope so. That is the idea when you have these surgeries, that it’ll be fixed for good.  But we do play a physical game and you know, we’ll see, but as I’ve said I am starting to feel a little bit better.  You start rounding the corner, you’re able to ride the bike a little bit harder, you start to feel a little bit better about yourself, and you start get your energy level back and those sorts of things. You start to really kind of push yourself in the gym a little bit more, and as I said, once I start lifting weights I’ll be able to push myself even harder and see how I react and feel”

 

Q: Could you talk about [Ilya] Bryzgalov a little bit and what he does with the defense especially. Are you excited to play in front of him?

 

“Yeah, I am. I’ve seen him kind of mature over the last five or six years since I was with him in Anaheim, and you know he’s kind of taken his game to the next level, and how he’s played in Phoenix and kind of carried their team to the playoffs. I think we play a very similar defensive style as they did there, very tight defensively, and I’d like to think we play pretty sound defensively as well. I don’t think he’s going to be getting 35-40 shots a night, but you know, 20-25 shots a night.  He is just going to have to stay sharp and stay focused. If he plays the way he did in Phoenix we’lll certainly be pleased.”

 

Q: How healed up is your hand?

 

“My hand I guess would be about 80% healed, maybe 85% healed. I had the plate removed, so I’m just waiting for the screw holes to fill in.”

 

Q: You seem to be the main recruiter. What do you tell the guys coming on to a new team with so much turnover?

 

“Well, I only talked to one guy. I talked to guys after the trade, so I wouldn’t say I recruited them.  But I speak about the ownership and the management and the coaching staff and about the players that are with the team, and talk about what the coach has been selling, what he’s preaching.  You know, obviously Mr. Snider, what he has done for this team speaks for itself and the moves that Homer’s made, and Lavi’s coaching.  You just talk about the personnel.  [Jaromir] Jagr was over in Europe for the past three years so he hasn’t seen [James] van Riemsdyk or [Claude] Giroux, he hasn’t seen some of these guys.  So you just talk about what type of players they are and about the defense we have and how we play.  He obviously knows Bryz.  Really I was just answering his questions. He was just trying to make up his mind and he had a decision to make and he had a lot of questions to be answered, and I just answered them for him.”

 

Q: Physically how do you feel and how much do you have left in the tank?

 

“Again, I don’t really know that you could say I was breaking down, with broken bones and being hit by pucks and all the rest of that. Those are all the things that can sometimes be avoided.  Perhaps now I may not block as many shots. I may just get out of the way and let our million dollar goaltender stop those things.”

 

Q: I guess I am just asking what your durability is?

 

“Well, if I’m going off of last year I guess I would call myself a band aid.  But I’ve got many other years where you could say I wasn’t a band aid. Sometimes you just have years where things don’t go your way. It was a quick turnaround last year… I played hurt in the playoffs, and had surgery, and was kind of set back in my training, and for whatever reason I had a couple bad breaks along the way and then the back came in. I don’t really know what happened with my back, if it was just a ticking time bomb or what. I don’t think anyone really knows how they hurt their back.  I would like to think I’m past all of this, but again, we’ll see how I react once I start lifting weights and pushing myself a little bit harder.”

 

Q: Did that make it even more important to take your time with this? I am sure you talked to other players who have gone through some things like this and the remedy is to take your time.

 

“Yeah, I think all along I have told Homer, I told Lavi, I told you guys and anyone that’s asked that I’m gonna take my time and make sure I was doing everything that was necessary rehab-wise and what, not whether it be rest or recuperation or whatever it is, to make sure whatever injuries I did have last year were going to be healed up and fully healed and allow me to be healthy whenever it was that I started skating and began playing again, that I was going to be able to go 100% and not look back.”

 

Q: Do you think as much time as you missed last year might have re-energized you?

 

“Sometimes it can. You have to use the time wisely.  For the first little while I couldn’t do anything because of my back, for the first 6 weeks anyway. … everything else to recover as well – where you’re not running the bike, lifting weights, and doing all the rest of the stuff that normally you’re already back doing.  You’re able to allow your body to hopefully fully recover.  I like to think that taking that much time off will allow me to fully heal up and recover and be able to play another 82 game season.

 

 

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18 Comments

  • OneManWolfpack August 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I guarentee Pronger isn’t back until the Winter Classic. Better hope Bryz is the real deal or this season is dead before it even starts.

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  • 35ers August 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Whoah – was that an autoplay video ad with sound that cannot be disabled? Is this Philly.com/Sports all of the sudden? Please Kyle – don’t let your advertisers start with these types of ads.

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  • Damn flyers August 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Great all the more reason to get rid of Richards…dumbasses!!!

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  • Iron Balls McGinty August 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    “God help us, Jesus, god and baby Jesus help us.”


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  • Ron Shelly August 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Toni Amonte was the man in that game

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  • Dan Fuller August 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Easy joke regarding “1993 wants this post back” and the list of “hockey legends” (per EA’s marketing of the feature) in NHL 12. Jaromir Jagr will also be in NHL 12.

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  • Flyer August 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

    PLEASE STOP BITCHING ABOUT THE FLYERS TRADEs FOR CHRIST SAKE. HOW DO YOU SEGWAY PRONGER NOT LIFTING INTO ANOTHER CHANCE TO BITCH ABOUT RICHARDS AND CARTER GETTING TRADED. IT HAPPENED LIKE TWO MONTHS AGO, GET OVER IT. THE FLYERS WILL WIN A CUP BECAUSE OF THESE TRADES, GUARANTEED. IT MAY NOT BE NEXT YEAR, BUT IT WILL HAPPEN. SHUT THE FUCK UP KYLE. all caps necessary.

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  • Chris August 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

    thank you flyer. the difference between last year and this year is bryzgalov. especially if giroux and jvr can replace richards’ and carters’ scoring, which i do think they can and will, assuming health.

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  • Luke August 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This Fridays afternoon drive show is going to interesting and awkward. Barkley will be great but Mike Miss is going to encounter some very interesting moments when Barkley doesn’t take the bait on Mike’s ass kissing lure.

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  • Mike August 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Kyle… you really need to get over the Carter/Richards thing… seriously. Carter scored 30+ pointless goals a year (and just about none when it counts: in the playoffs), and Richie was clearly shutting out his coaches after x-amount of time, and not being the leader he was expected to be. The whining is getting extremely old, are you sure you aren’t one of Carter’s puck bunnies/rink rats? I’m honestly not sure they will be any better this year, and I’m honestly not sure they will be any worse, but I am definitely sure that one or both of them had to go. And another thing… all the “dry island” hatred… These guys get paid millions of dollars, and their coach asks them to stop drinking for a month, and they can’t do that? Why are we defending them? If you can’t stop drinking for one month to please your boss that pays you millions (or at least, hundreds of thousands), maybe you do have a problem… It’s really not that much to ask… It’s not like they were asked to lead a life of abstinence and attend church once weekly, we’re talking one month of not going out and getting bombed at night… get over it.

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  • Flyer August 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Amen Mike

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  • BUBBA August 10, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Freedom of speech? Anyone heard of it??? Don’t like what the editor writes, don’t read it don’t come on here! PERIOD!!!Keep up the great work Kyle!!

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  • Flyer August 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Bubba how does his dick taste?

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  • Mike August 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hey Bubba… what if I like everything he writes, except for the nonesense he writes about Carter and Richards…
    Do I need to get your permission to complain about it here? Isn’t that MY freedom of speech as well? “Don’t like what the comments say, don’t read them don’t write them! PERIOD!!!”
    Fucking hypocrite.

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  • Iron Balls McGinty August 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    “Freedom of speech? Anyone heard of it?”
    Same freedom that allows others to criticise the Laddie Boy.*
    BUBBA = Doooshbag. Stick that in your freedom hole and creampie it back out.
    (*: The First Amendment only guarantees the Government can’t violate one’s freedom of speech; whereas as a private citizen can shutup any other private citizen as long as he breaks no other laws, and it’s all legal.)

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  • WTF August 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    WOW they really should have some kind of screening system on here!!Like to see you guys on the ice!!

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  • Iron Balls McGinty August 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    “Shut the f*ck up, [WTF]. You’re out of your element.”
    Talking about freedom of speech, I forgot that good old Walter has the perfect argument for it:



    (Whatever the f*ck “prior restraint” means, legalease-wise)

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  • WTF August 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ironballs your a piece of SHIT!!!Fu*K-OFF!!How’s that for some sceening DIC*HEAD???

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