The Philadelphia Flyers were devastated with injury this past season, but none bigger than that of captain Chris Pronger‘s.
Pronger went down in October with a concussion, after catching a stick to the eye. Then, in December, it was confirmed that Pronger would miss the rest of the season.
The Orange and Black never seemed to fully recover from Pronger’s absence. There was a whole in that defense all year long, as well as a missing leader in the locker room. Now,after maintaining post-concussion symptoms, the veteran defenseman’s Hall of Fame career seems to be finished.
However, good news could be heading the Flyers way.
In case you are living under a rock, the Flyers signed All-Star defenseman Shea Weber to a massive offer sheet, worth over $100 million for the next 14 years. Nashville can still match the offer, but they are running out of time.
If the Flyers land Weber, the ultimate question is, can he replace Pronger?
Let’s get something out of the way. There is no “replacing” a guy like Chris Pronger. There is, and will never be, another Pronger. But, I do feel Weber draws comparisons to Pronger, and is the best choice to come in and help ease the pain of losing him.
First, we all know Pronger is a huge guy. Well, Weber is no slouch either. He stands at 6’4″, 232 lbs. This can help clear traffic in front of the net, which will assist goaltender Ilya Brygalov. Weber will out-muscle opposing wingers, and throw them to the ice.
Don’t forget, Weber is a leader out on the ice. He is still the captain of the Preds and has been known to play through injuries to help his team win, such as a broken foot. That kind of character is exactly what Flyers fans adore.
Although he is responsible for the defensive aspect of the game, Weber can clearly produce offensively as well. Weber has not scored less than 43 points in his last four seasons. He will be a force to be reckoned with on the power play and even strength.
Like I said, Pronger isn’t the type of guy you can replace. But, I do think Shea Weber can come in and become the Flyers new defensive presence. He has Pronger lke qualities and is without a doubt a top three defenseman in the NHL. Weber, who led a Nashville defense that ranked 8th a season ago, will drastically change the blue line of the Flyers.
With just two days remaining until Nashville’s deadline to match, Flyers fans are anxiously awaiting their possible new defenseman.
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