BUFFALO — Paul Holmgren has denied a report that defenceman Chris Pronger suffered a second broken bone in his right hand.
“Apparently people can just throw whatever they want at the wall and see if anything sticks,” the Philadelphia Flyers general manager said on Monday morning. “That’s all I can say about that.”
So you’re saying Pronger did not suffer a second break?
“That’s what I am saying,” Holmgren said. “He is not coming along as fast as everyone thought at the time when the initial injury happened. When he feels like he can play, he will play.”
Meanwhile, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Brian Boucher will start in goal versus the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final. Boucher relieved Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 and the Flyers won, tying the series 1-1. Michael Leighton might back up Boucher.
Pronger participated in the Flyers’ morning skate at HSBC Arena. Holmgren reiterated that Pronger is day to day.
Pronger had surgery on his hand on March 15 and the original prognosis was that he would miss up to four weeks. NBC’s Sports Final reported that Pronger had a setback at the end of March because of a second broken bone in the hand.
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