New broke yesterday that Pronger did in fact have a small fracture in his hand, and would require surgery. He’ll be out 3-4 weeks, and could potentially miss a few playoff games. All this after we were told that x-rays and MRI’s found nothing broken when he initially took a puck to his hand and left a game early. All that fancy shmancy technology, and it still took a while to figure out that something actually was broken.
Cup 1/2 empty: Now the team will be even more out of sync. They’ll have a gaping hole on the powerplay, their transition game will suffer, and it will be a bit easier to score against us. When he comes back, we’ll have to adjust again, and he’ll be rusty.
Cup 1/2 full: He missed training camp and the first pair of games, then stepped in and adjusted quickly. He’ll get another nice break before what will hopefully be a long playoff run. He’s a veteran, and he’ll be ready to go once he can get back on the ice.
In a season where things were going so well, this is yet another set back. At least it’s temporary, and we’re not going through the same crap Pittsburgh has to deal with. We’re playing like crap, and we need him back and at the top of his game if we’re going to get back into form. If, for whatever reason, he has to miss more time, or comes back but is still limited, then we’re pretty screwed. Hopefully this 3-4 week time frame is enough for his hand to heal completely, and it won’t bother him at all.
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