general manager Paul Holmgren
announced Friday that captain Chris Pronger
is out indefinitely with "concussion-like symptoms."
Pronger hasn't played since Nov. 19. He was originally out with what the team called "a virus" but also had knee surgery Nov. 29 and wasn't expected to return for a month. He is expected to visit Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday for further evaluation.
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"I think over the last few days he's had some difficulties ... a fairly persistent headache, just sluggish feeling -- so we're just trying to do the right thing here and get him checked out by the doctors in Pittsburgh and just see what we're dealing with," Holmgren told reporters. "Is it a concussion? I don't know that we know that. We want to get a better idea, obviously.
"I looked yesterday and I think he played four games after that particular incident after missing some time. I talked to him after the game in Winnipeg and he said he didn't feel great in that game. He didn't feel like himself. We got him checked out after that game and before our next game, and then obviously the dominoes started to fall with his knee, and we said a virus at first because we weren't sure what we were dealing with. Just over the last two or three days he's got a fairly persistent headache and a really sluggish feeling."
Pronger also missed time this season with an eye injury after being hit in the face with a puck Oct. 24 against Toronto. He returned to play five games, but was then taken back out of the lineup.
"The protocol that we utilize now for concussions, obviously it's very thorough," Holmgren said. "We're going through a similar thing with Brayden Schenn
right now. I know he got hit in the nose in the game in Phoenix, or just below his nose ... felt great and continued to play in the game, felt fine on the way home. I think we had an off-day the next day, came in Monday and he didn't feel great. We kept him off the ice ... he got checked on Tuesday, did an IMPACT test and passed that. He went out for practice, felt pretty good halfway through practice, and then came off at the end of practice and didn't feel great. So we're going to shut him down. Those are the rules and that's what we're dealing with."
Holmgren also updated the status of Schenn, a rookie center who hasn't played since Dec. 3 because of what was being called an upper-body injury.
"We're going to keep him shut down through the weekend here and see how he is on Monday," Holmgren said. "Right now we just see this as a mild concussion."