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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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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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April 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCRATCHING his head, Ken Hitchcock pored over the video from his Blues' 4-1 loss to the Flyers on March 22 on his laptop and counted. The former NHL coach of the year sat back astonished with his findings. "I counted five separate times where the Flyers' defensemen started from behind our forwards at their goal line and beat us up the ice on the rush," a stunned Hitchcock said in St. Louis 2 weeks back. "Five times. " Mark Streit was at the forefront of the attack. After a lengthy adjustment period, Streit's offensive mindset has melted into the consciousness of his fellow defensemen, turning the Flyers' blue line into a scoring threat again.
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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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February 26, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
First of two parts. SHERBROOKE, Quebec - Samuel Morin left Philadelphia in September and boarded a plane home to Quebec with a smile on his face. In two exhibition games with the Flyers, Morin played more minutes (45:36) than any player on the team. He assisted on Vinny Lecavalier's first-ever goal in a Flyers uniform. He signed his first professional contract, which could ultimately earn him up to $4.3 million if everything goes according to plan. Morin, 18, checked off all the goals on his list, capping off a wild summer that saw him drafted by the Flyers at 11th overall, higher than most if not all projections.
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February 20, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is on the verge of reaching out to former Flyer Keith Primeau to help him get through the most difficult period of his career - and perhaps his life. Pronger, the Flyers' star defenseman, whose Hall-of-Fame career may be over, has been sidelined by a concussion and has not played since November. Primeau's career was shortened because of a concussion. "That has been brought up lately; there are a lot of parallels between the two," Lauren Pronger, Chris' wife, said during the Flyers Wives Carnival on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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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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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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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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April 17, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCRATCHING his head, Ken Hitchcock pored over the video from his Blues' 4-1 loss to the Flyers on March 22 on his laptop and counted. The former NHL coach of the year sat back astonished with his findings. "I counted five separate times where the Flyers' defensemen started from behind our forwards at their goal line and beat us up the ice on the rush," a stunned Hitchcock said in St. Louis 2 weeks back. "Five times. " Mark Streit was at the forefront of the attack. After a lengthy adjustment period, Streit's offensive mindset has melted into the consciousness of his fellow defensemen, turning the Flyers' blue line into a scoring threat again.
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March 20, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HIGH ON THE LIST of reasons why the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions and are in position to repeat that feat is their depth. They roll one quality line after another at you, building pressure until you buckle. Depth is also high on the list of reasons the Philadelphia Flyers have resurrected from their early grave to become one of those teams even the elite hate to play. Claude Giroux's heroic goal with 4.2 seconds left in overtime punctuated a game in which the Flyers, not the champs, rolled out the relentless pressure, outshooting Chicago, 37-25, and rallying from two early soft goals allowed by a clearly rusty Ray Emery.
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March 7, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THREE-POINT lead, 19 games to go, and nothing is assured for the Flyers - but you already knew that. The trade deadline came and went, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald came and defenseman Andrej Meszaros went, and now the focus is on the finish of the regular season - and beyond. If the Flyers get into the playoffs, they will arrive as one of the better teams in the NHL since Nov. 1, and as an interesting group of survivors - of the firing of a coach, and a dreadful start, and the assimilation of a new system under Craig Berube.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger still has some eye issues from post-concussion syndrome, but he has no regrets about a brilliant career that will undoubtedly put him into hockey's Hall of Fame. "I played 18 seasons and was able to accomplish a lot in those years," he said before he watched the Flyers practice in Voorhees on Tuesday. "Was it cut short by a few years? Yeah, but there's a lot of guys who don't ever get to 18 years. Eighteen is a pretty good number. Won a Cup, went to three Finals, a couple gold medals.
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March 5, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HOMER IS on the clock. Two weeks after Sam Hinkie gutted most of the remaining fiber of the woeful 76ers, 3 weeks after Ruben Amaro Jr. flew to Florida with his fingers and toes crossed, it is Paul Holmgren's turn to restore our lost confidence - or relinquish any that remains. Howie Roseman? He made some nice re-signings last week, but his next big splash will come with the NFL draft in early May. This week belongs to the Flyers general manager who, like Amaro, has been toasted and roasted by fans over a tenure that is now in its eighth season.
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February 26, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
First of two parts. SHERBROOKE, Quebec - Samuel Morin left Philadelphia in September and boarded a plane home to Quebec with a smile on his face. In two exhibition games with the Flyers, Morin played more minutes (45:36) than any player on the team. He assisted on Vinny Lecavalier's first-ever goal in a Flyers uniform. He signed his first professional contract, which could ultimately earn him up to $4.3 million if everything goes according to plan. Morin, 18, checked off all the goals on his list, capping off a wild summer that saw him drafted by the Flyers at 11th overall, higher than most if not all projections.
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February 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
After the Flyers beat the Colorado Avalanche last Thursday, team chairman Ed Snider said something that seemed to strike at the heart of how his franchise has operated for generations. The victory was one of five for the Flyers' in their final six games before the Olympic break, and it inspired Snider to praise his team in a gush of enthusiasm. "I love where we are right now," he told reporters. "We're playing extremely well. I'm excited about the team. I think our goaltending is outstanding.
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January 21, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren believes defense wins championships, especially blue lines anchored by big, physical players who play with an edge. That explains why he acquired Chris Pronger in 2009 and signed an offer sheet for Shea Weber in 2012. Holmgren also thought Luke Schenn had the potential to be a first-pair defenseman, so he dealt the gifted James van Riemsdyk to Toronto 19 months ago. Pronger helped will the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, but he suffered a career-ending concussion in 2011.
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January 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Flyers have undergone an identity change since Craig Berube replaced Peter Laviolette as their head coach early in the season. Under Laviolette, they were an attack-oriented team and, because of that, they left their goaltenders vulnerable on way too many occasions - as the guy now playing in Edmonton would wholeheartedly attest. Under Berube, the Flyers have a defense-first mentality that emphasizes strong skating away from the puck and an active forecheck in the neutral zone.
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November 13, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Chris Pronger will be on the Flyers' payroll until at least June 30, 2017. But Pronger might not have to wait until 2020, or 3 years after he retires, to be summoned into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Instead, the Hall's bylaws state that a player is eligible for induction 3 years after playing his last game. Pronger's last NHL game was Nov. 19, 2011, part of the 2011-12 season. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is on record as saying Pronger will never play again.
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