Pronger avoids serious eye injury

Flyers captain Chris Pronger falls to the ice after being hit in the eye by a stick during a game...

Flyers captain Chris Pronger falls to the ice after being hit in the eye by a stick during a game against the Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Oct. 24, 2011. (BRUCE BENNETT/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

It looks like Chris Pronger got lucky.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenceman did not sustain serious damage to his eye, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, after Pronger was struck with the tip of the stick of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski Monday night.

“Right now, he had a little bit of a cut just on the outside of his right eye here. The eye doctor checked him out thoroughly and he’s got a little bit of an issue right now with his eye. We think max, three or four days ... no real concern, other than what might happen over the next three or four days, whether it’s swelling or something behind the eye. So he’s basically going to be on bedrest for three days, and hopefully he’ll be fine within a couple weeks,” said Holmgren after what he called a “scary incident.”

Pronger sprinted from the ice clutching his eye after the incident that saw him struck on the follow through of a shot by Grabovski.

“He’s going to see the eye doctor every day for the next four days. We think after that time that he’ll be out of, we don’t want to say danger, but if everything goes okay and if the swelling goes down, he should start on some kind of an exercise program shortly after that and we’re hoping he’ll be able to rejoin the team within 10 days to two weeks,” said Holmgren.

Holmgren said Pronger will be wearing a visor when he returns and it doesn’t sound like the defenceman has a choice in the matter.

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