Sam Carchidi reported an update on Chris Pronger’s status and unfortunately it is what we all assumed and that is basically status quo. He will be making a trip to the Skate Zone in a couple of weeks, but will not skate or participate in any workouts. This is not good news by any means, but if I can I would like to put just the smallest positive spin on this story. Prongs may not be anywhere near ready to do any physical activity, but the fact that he is out and about is good news, right?
Some months ago he couldn’t even sit at a Flyers game for the whole contest without the lights and sound bothering him so this has to be at least a small improvement. I still do not expect him to play hockey again especially this season, but I would like to see his health improve just because nobody should have to live like that.
Homer said his headaches persist so that is a clear sign that the post concussion symptoms are still lingering. Until those are completely gone there is no hope for Prongs to fully recover.
Yesterday informal communications continued between the NHL and the NHLPA. The big boys – Donald and Steve Fehr along with Gary Bettman and Bill Daly held a sit down to get what Bettman called a “status update.”
There was no promising remarks made after the meeting. Just the same old ‘its good the lines of communication are open’ and ‘we want to make a deal’ type remarks. Blah blah blah. At this point honestly I don’t think the fans even care or want to hear anything about these meetings except that a deal has been reached. And it doesn’t look like that is going to happen any time soon. The stalemate still remains about the players revenue cut and the league wide revenue sharing.
And never once yet have we heard Fehr or Bettman say the word ‘promising’ or the phrase ‘solid progress’ so it doesn’t seem that anything has changed in regards to those two topics. Stay tuned we could be in for a long one.