Concussions have the potential to be pretty life-altering. Unfortunately, more and more NHL players are having to deal with the lingering effects of these sometimes-devastating injuries.
Fans have seen Sidney Crosby shelved for most of the season, joining the likes of the Bruins' Marc Savard and Philadelphia's Chris Pronger.
Pronger's wife, Lauren Pronger, reports that her husband has seen no significant progress since she last spoke to reporters in January. Pronger, a six-time All-Star has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following a concussion he sustained in November.
Mrs. Pronger says that her husband has dealt with serious bouts of depression while being away from the sport he loves. She declined to offer many details about her husband's struggles, but did say, "He is not himself and it's not in a good way."
Pronger is also apprently considering reaching out to Keith Primeau, the former Flyer who has been suffering post-concussion symptoms for six years.
"I just want him to get better," Lauren said. "He still has a long life to live, three kids and a wife and everything. Right now, we're just hoping for his health to come back. That is our priority."