When the Philadelphia Flyers
open their season Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins
, it's seems more and more likely defenseman Chris Pronger
will be on the ice with them.
According to multiple media reports from Philadelphia, Pronger has been practicing with the team for a few days, and while he wouldn't come out and say, "I'm in," he's been his usual comically abrasive self.
"It's progressing along and we'll see," was his stock answer to the question of whether he would play Thursday. He planned on testing the knee at practice Wednesday and then making a decision.
Coach Peter Laviolette
said he would leave the ultimate decision to Pronger, who after more than 1,100 NHL games is the best person to know if he's ready to play or not.
"It's his body and he's the one feeling what he's feeling," Laviolette told reporters Tuesday. "Through conversations, you take in a lot of information and do what is best for Prongs long term."
While Pronger might be in opening night, forward Ian Laperriere
definitely will not. The veteran forward, who hasn't skated in more than a week, still is suffering from post-concussion symptoms going back to last season's playoffs, when he was hit in the face with a shot. He was placed on the injured list to get the roster down to 22 players prior to Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, and the team reportedly will move him to the long-term injured list while he recovers.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, doctors are still trying to determine whether Laperriere's latest issues revolve around the eye injury or brain contusion he suffered when the shot hit him in Game 5 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Devils. He missed a month but returned to play during the Eastern Conference Finals.