Pronger skates, takes positive step

Though he still seems like a longshot to be ready for the Oct. 6 opener in Boston, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger took a positive step on Friday.

Skating for the first time in 4 1/2 months, Pronger showed no ill effects at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.

Pronger, who will turn 37 next month, skated for 25 minutes and was able to take slap shots, saying his surgically repaired right hand felt totally healed.

In May, Pronger had back surgery; it was his fourth operation in 9 1/2 months. He also had surgery on his foot, hand and knee.

"I felt pretty good. How did I look?" a smiling Pronger asked a handful or reporters afterward. "A little suspect going left to right, or right to left?"

   Asked if he was on schedule to play early in the season, Pronger said, "We'll see how I feel tomorrow. Having not skated and done anything on the ice in 4 1/2 months, you have to take it slowly and see how you feel day to day. I felt pretty good out there, but usually the first time on the ice is when you feel good _ and then it’s day two, three, four and five where you’re a little suspect, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

  Pronger said he was a couple weeks away from being able to practice with the team. Flyers veterans report on Sept. 16 and will begin practicing the next day.

Several veterans, however, are already working out and skating in Voorhees.

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