If Chris Pronger had been healthy, many believe the Flyers would still be fighting for the Stanley Cup. Of course, he wasn’t. And we’ll never know how far this team could have advanced with Pronger on the ice.
“You know what, I’d like to think so, but I don’t know,” Pronger said Thursday, when asked if he would have made an impact on the Boston series. “I am not going to look into the past and say could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. We lost plain and simple. I didn’t play, I was hurt. End of story.”
Pronger was speaking for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. He said it will probably be another four to five weeks before he knows exactly where he’s at physically.
“Everybody is different and everybody recovers differently, and you hope that you’re able to recover a hundred percent, but that’s never a guarantee and you never know,” Pronger said. “I won’t know that until probably training camp or maybe even further on.”
The star defenseman believes the Flyers are primed for another Cup run. But he wouldn’t join the general chorus by agreeing that the team was just a goalie away from achieving that goal.
“You could go get whoever, you name a guy, you could go get him. It’s not a guarantee that you’re going to win,” he said.