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June 7, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Chris Pronger had his uniform on straight, his helmet was positioned properly, and his skates were laced tightly. It's his game that was upside down, and the Flyers caught a strong dose of what happens when their premier defenseman, the player who was having the most significant impact in the Stanley Cup Finals, has a rough night. They lose. It doesn't take a hockey aficionado to realize the Flyers would be lounging at their summer cottages if No. 20 wasn't patrolling the blue line, using his mean edge, his stick, and his vast experience to fend off trouble.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
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November 27, 2010 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Late in overtime Friday afternoon, Chris Pronger waved his left arm in front of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for a split second while the Flyers were on a four-on-three power play. Was Pronger waving for teammate Mike Richards to shoot the puck or move closer to the net? Or was he trying to distract the veteran goalie? Ghislain Hebert, in his first full season as an NHL referee, believed the latter. As a result, Richards' goal was disallowed and the game went to a shoot-out, in which Calgary prevailed to gain a controversial, 3-2 win in a Black Friday special at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 13, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger should have had a stirring retirement celebration before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh, saluting a career that will undoubtedly put him into the Hall of Fame. Instead, the charade continued. Pronger attended the game at the Wells Fargo Center, sat in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite and, perhaps because he is in the process of making a comeback (wink, wink), wasn't even acknowledged on the scoreboard. Earlier Thursday, during a news conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Pronger talked about trying to make a return from post-concussion syndrome.
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June 1, 2010
1. Dustin Byfuglien 2. Dan Carcillo 3. Duncan Keith 4. Ian Laperriere 5. Chris Pronger
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June 29, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made a trade Saturday for a player he's not sure he will keep, and he sent defenseman Chris Pronger - who is currently employed by the NHL's player-safety department - to Arizona as part of the deal. Yes, it was one of the most bizarre trades in Flyers history. The Flyers acquired Sam Gagner, a center who has not lived up to the expectations created by his being drafted sixth overall in 2007, and a conditional draft pick from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and Pronger's contract.
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May 1, 2011
Here are standout statistics from Game 1: The combined save percentage of the Flyers goalies was .788. Anything below .900 is considered subpar, but below .800? Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell logged just 12 minutes of ice time. Chris Pronger was up to 19:45, his most playing time since returning from injury in Game 6 vs. Buffalo. The teams were a combined 1 for 10 on the power play, continuing a bad trend for both teams. In fact, Boston (0 for 5) has not scored with the man advantage in the postseason.
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August 4, 2010
The Flyers on Tuesday revealed that veteran defenseman Chris Pronger underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week. General manager Paul Holmgren called the procedure "minor" and said Pronger would be ready when camp opens Sept. 17 in Voorhees. The Flyers said his surgery was to "remove loose bodies" in the knee. He has already started his rehab. Pronger's knee problem, however, may explain why the Flyers are so heavy on defensemen; they have eight on their roster.
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June 11, 2010
When the 2010-11 NHL schedule is released later this month, it would be understandable if defenseman Chris Pronger circled the date that his Flyers play Chicago. First, the Chicago Tribune called him "Chrissy" and showed him wearing a figure-skating outfit in a doctored photo earlier this week. And then little-used Chicago forward Adam Burish blasted the defenseman in a TV interview after the Blackhawks' Stanley-Cup-clinching 4-3 overtime win on Wednesday at the Wachovia Center.
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May 15, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Before Simon Gagne's game-winner with 7:08 remaining, there was long-forgotten James van Riemsdyk. Van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' youngest player at 21, wasn't considered a threat by the Boston Bruins - being that he was scoreless not only in the series but also in his short, 12-game playoff career. But without van Riemsdyk's ice-breaking first-period goal, which cut the deficit from three goals to two last night in Game 7, the comeback of all comebacks might not have been possible.
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February 24, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Margate, Fla., Shayne Gostisbehere found himself with few NHL players to model and admire. Ice doesn't last long, even indoors, amid the sultry South Florida heat. Still, the great Russian forward Pavel Bure was playing for the Florida Panthers at the time, and his speed and scoring ability enchanted Gostisbehere. Bure led the NHL in goals in 1999-2000, with 58, and in 2000-01, with 59, doing so despite being just 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds. For his travel team, Gostisbehere wore No. 10 on his jersey - Bure's number, to honor him. "I loved that guy," Gostisbehere said Monday.
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December 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite an overtime loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, the Flyers were dominant. So the theme coming out of their locker room was this: If we continue play this way, we're going to win a majority of our games. The problem is, now they embark on a two-game road trip against powerful opponents, facing defensively sound St. Louis (16-8-4) on Thursday and high-scoring Dallas (21-5-2) on Friday. "It's not an easy back-to-back we're going into here," said winger Brayden Schenn after Wednesday's optional practice in Voorhees.
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November 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
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July 3, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
LESS IS MORE. No other phrase better sums up the 14-month tenure of Ron Hextall as Flyers general manager than this. Whether we are discussing getting two second-round draft picks from the Blackhawks for the now-retired Kimmo Timonen, first- and third-rounders and a much cheaper defenseman from Tampa in exchange for Braydon Coburn and the contract that pays him $4.5 million next season, getting a third-rounder in 2017 from Boston for one-goal scorer...
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July 2, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
IT'S BEEN a crazy month in Flyerland. Kimmo Timonen finally won his Stanley Cup, albeit with another team. Chris Pronger, who hasn't laced 'em up since the Phillies were good and still has a couple of years left on his gaudy contract, was traded, at least technically. And then, a few days later, he was named to the Hall of Fame. Up until now, the only current players who received such an honor had names like McCartney, Dylan, Jagger and, of course, Springsteen. But the craziest chapter of the month in Flyerland involves, sadly, the Flyers captain who preceded Pronger.
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July 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Flyer Chris Pronger, the towering, crease-clearing defenseman who played the game on the edge - and sometimes beyond - was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Pronger, 40, called it "very humbling" to be included alongside the players and builders who were selected. "It's very exciting to think about becoming an honored member; it's certainly something I didn't expect while playing. " Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. were also named to the Hall.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jeff Neiburg, Daily News Staff Writer
RON HEXTALL has been a busy man since Friday. The Flyers general manager, many say, was one of the biggest winners of the NHL draft. The team entered the weekend with around $2 million in cap space and, after unloading Nicklas Grossmann and Chris Pronger's contract to Arizona, flew home from Sunrise, Fla., with more than $6 million in space. The weekend's momentum carried right into yesterday as the Flyers dealt spunky winger Zac Rinaldo to Boston for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.
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June 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The acquisition of Sam Gagner has either given Ron Hextall the top-nine forward he coveted or the salary-cap relief he desperately needs. Clarity will come when the free-agent market opens on Wednesday, but it sure sounds like Gagner need not bother looking for local real estate agents just yet. Hextall on Saturday acquired Gagner from Arizona for defenseman Nick Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger, who was still on the Flyers' books despite not playing since 2011 because of a career-ending concussion.
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