Pronger will decide when he's ready

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Forget the doctors, the trainers, even coach Peter Laviolette.

According to Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, the ultimate decision on when stud defenceman Chris Pronger returns to the lineup will be made by none other than ... drumroll, please ... Chris Pronger himself.

“This is a guy who has played 1,183 regular season games. This is a guy who has played 183 post-season games. After all of that, he has shown that he is the best person to determine when he’s ready to come back,” Holmgren told the QMI Agency on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Centre, where his Pronger-less Flyers were clashing with the visiting Buffalo Sabres in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round series.

“Right now he’s day to day.”

With Pronger continuing to have difficulty shooting pucks with his healing right hand, it is not known when he’ll be back in action. With the Flyers having dropped the first game 1-0 on Thursday, some close to the team feel Pronger could be back for Game 2 on Saturday, although that could be a stretch.

Pronger has led three teams to the Stanley Cup final since the lockout - the 2006 Edmonton Oilers, 2007 Anaheim Ducks and 2010 Flyers, winning hockey’s Holy Grail with the Ducks.

Pronger, who has compiled 120 points in 170 career post-season games, missed the final 16 games of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his banged-up hand, a stretch that saw the Flyers go just 6-4-6.


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