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Flyers deny report Pronger suffered second break

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

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Flyers deny report Pronger suffered second break
General Manager Paul Holmgren disputed a local report that the defenseman had suffered a second break in his right hand, causing his current setback.
BUFFALO -- Philadelphia General Manager Paul Holmgren denied Monday that Chris Pronger had suffered a second break in his right hand, causing the current setback suffered by the defenseman.

"It seems people can throw anything they want at the wall and see if it sticks," Holmgren said Monday as Pronger took the morning skate with his teammates.

Pronger, who did not speak to the media after the skate, will not play in Monday night's Game 3.

The big defenseman skated with the team during the formal part of practice and then stayed on for extra work. He took a few wrist shots and looked as strong as he has, according to coach Peter Laviolette.

"Pronger looked good on the ice," Laviolette said. "He was involved in our drills and that is the first time he has been with us."

Reports out of Philadelphia Monday morning said that Pronger had suffered a second break in the hand, causing a setback. Pronger was expected back by the end of the regular season, but still has not played. He will not play in Monday night's Game 3 against Buffalo here at the HSBC Center and remains listed as day-to-day, according to Holmgren.

"He's not coming along as fast as everyone thought at the time the initial injury happened. It is what it is. When he feels like he can play, he'll play."
-- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren

"He's not coming along as fast as everyone thought at the time the initial injury happened," Holmgren said. "It is what it is. When he feels like he can play, he'll play."

Asked if Holmgren expects Pronger to return in this best-of-7 series, which is tied at 1-1, the GM would only reiterate that Pronger is considered day-to-day.

Pronger has been out since March 8 and the Flyers have struggled without their No. 1 defenseman. In fact, they have not won back-to-back games since he has been out of the lineup. They will try again to break that troubling trend Monday night.

"Obviously when you have a player of that caliber and magnitude (out), it affects you a little bit, but I think the depth of our defense has carried us a little bit to this point and I think probably more than anything we miss Chris' presence in the locker room," Holmgren said. "It'll be nice to have him back, but in the meantime we will have to continue to step up."

Holmgren also said that forward Andreas Nodl will not play in Game 3.
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