Michael DeNicola


According to an update on the Philadelphia Flyers Facebook fanpage, Chris Pronger's "surgery went very well. A disc fragment that was pressing up against a nerve was removed. Chris will begin a walking rehab in a few days. At week 6 post surgery will begin core strengthening. A full recovery is anticipated."

That's incredibly great news considering there was a possible 5% chance of not recovering so well, per Dr. Frank Cammisa, the 36-year old veteran defenseman's surgeon. 

"The procedure went like clockwork," the doctor said to the PhillyReign media, "however I regret to inform the public that my lucky scalpel is missing and Mr. Pronger hasn't returned any of my voicemails.

"I'm not saying it was Chris, but he does have a bit of a kleptic history, so I'm told. All I want is my medical instrument back."


The honorable surgeon said he last saw it when it was put in for sterilization. The scalpel was in his hand as a prop when his picture was taken to be used as the front cover of an article called, "Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 2009 and 2010. 

Generally it is a nurse who's in charge of seeing to the apparatus' antisepsis. But it seemed quite unusual to Dr. Cammisa that an abnormally tall "female" nurse was witnessed removing the medical instruments from the hot water, jet-powered disinfecting machine. 

"At the time I didn't think anything of it. I was preoccupied with addressing Paul Holmgren and any others there interested in hearing the good news."



When PhillyReign caught up with Chris Pronger -- strangely in a Walgreen's purchasing Band Aids -- he had this to say about the matter:

"I appreciate everything Dr. Cammisa did for me. I'll never forget it," as he handed the cashier a $20 bill, "but as for the whole stealing his scalpel thing? That's nonsense.

"Now if you'll excuse me, I have some business to attend to."

That's when Chris exited the Walgreen's clutching to a stack of coupon pages from numerous different newspapers.