FRI Injury Update: Gaborik, Pronger, Prust
(6/8/12) All eyes are currently on the Stanley Cup Final, but fantasy owners are already plotting strategy and scouting potential picks for next season. We'll be here following the big storylines all summer as we prepare the Fantasy Hockey Standard 2012-13 Draft Guide, so be sure to stay with us as we continue our analysis through the offseason.
Scanning the news wire today, a couple of Rangers underwent medical procedures, as Marian Gaborik went under the knife to repair a torn labrum that he suffered during the Rangers' third round loss to the Devils. As well, Brandon Prust had surgery to fix a damaged ligament in his finger. Gaborik is expected to be out six months, so it's likely he'll miss the start of next season, and that means he's essentially off the table as a fantasy option. He might be worth gamble in the late rounds as a player to stash on the bench, but we'll wait and gauge his status later in the summer before deciding exactly how to peg his value. Meanwhile, Prust's injury is minor and he should be fully recovered and relatively unaffected by the time October rolls around.
Elsewhere, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren commented on the status of Chris Pronger today, saying "We're still holding out hope that he can (return next season), that he starts to get better (and) turns a corner in that regard, and I would say right now there haven't been any signs that show us that that's in the near future. But, we'll see how it goes the rest of the summer." (csnphilly.com)
It isn't exactly an optimistic prognosis, and we aren't holding our breath for a return. Pronger continues to battle severe concussion symptoms and unfortunately his career may be at the end of the line. At this point, even if he makes a miraculous recovery over the coming months and is able to participate in training camp, the risk of re-injury is so great and his status so fragile that his fantasy value would be minimal.