Flyers GM Paul Holmgren surprised fans, when he announced late last night that Chris Pronger wouldn't be returning this year, due to severe post-concussion symptoms. According to NHL.com,
the team made the announcement during the first period of the game. Coach Peter Laviolette was informed of the news just prior to the opening faceoff, but the players had no idea and were somewhat shocked to hear it from reporters.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren initially gave the following update on the status of Chris Pronger on their web site:

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

The team then followed up with the following statement:

DEC - 15
8:33 p.m.

SHUT DOWN
Immediately following the start of the Flyers-Canadiens game in Montreal Flyers general manager informed the media of defenseman and captain Chris Pronger's status.

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

Pronger has missed the last 10 games with his last game coming at Winnipeg on Nov. 19. Overall, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman has appeared in 13 games this season, recording one goal and 11 assists for 12 points. He recorded at least a point in eight of his 13 games and averaged 22:28 of time-on-ice, which at the time of his last game, led the team.

Pronger appeared in the first eight games of the season before suffering a serious eye injury when a follow through on a shot from Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski caught him up high in the first period of the Flyers' 4-2 win on Oct. 24. Since that point he played in five games for the Flyers, recording five assists.

Holmgren also updated the status of Claude Giroux, stating his condition is the same and he continues to be out indefinitely.

The Flyers make a brief return home following their tilt with the Canadiens in Montreal to play the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 p.m.

For more information:

Philadelphia Flyers - On the Fly:
http://flyers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64095&;navid=DL|PHI|home

NHL - Headlines:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=606665