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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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June 1, 2010
1. Dustin Byfuglien 2. Dan Carcillo 3. Duncan Keith 4. Ian Laperriere 5. Chris Pronger
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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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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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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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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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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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June 28, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. - New Flyers coach Dave Hakstol gave a strong scouting report on goalie Matej Tomek, whom the Flyers may select during the final day of the NHL draft Saturday. Hakstol recruited Tomek for the University of North Dakota, and the player will be a freshman at the school. He will be considered if he's available when the Flyers make their first third-round pick (70st overall), acquired in the Tye McGinn trade with San Jose. Playing in the North American Hockey League last season, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Tomek had a 1.83 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
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February 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Schultz started the season as the Flyers' seventh defenseman but entered the lineup after Braydon Coburn broke his foot in the opener. Not only has Schultz been a regular ever since, he has arguably been the team's top defenseman. On Wednesday, he was rewarded, signing a two-year, $4.5 million deal with a salary-cap hit of $2.25 million per season. He was signed as a free agent last summer for $1.25 million. Schultz, 32, has provided steady defense and has lately been on the top pairing with Mark Streit.
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January 22, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHRIS PRONGER'S name is listed in the media notes before every Flyers game this season, complete with his career point total against that night's opponent and this line: "Has missed the last two seasons due to post-concussion syndrome. " Pronger, of course, works for the NHL these days, yet is still somehow technically a defenseman on this year's Flyer's team - which explains as much or as little about this disastrous season as anything else. That includes the first period of last night's fight-filled, 3-2 overtime victory over Pittsburgh, in which the visiting Penguins outshot the Flyers 17-3, received a 5-minute power play thanks to an incredibly cheap shot by Zac Rinaldo, and yet emerged down a goal.
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January 6, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IF YOU AIN'T cheatin', you ain't tryin'. That was the message emanating from the Flyers, hours after they were fined an undisclosed amount of money by the NHL yesterday for violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement's moratorium on team activities during the holiday break. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the team knowingly violated the rule, but risk was outweighed by the reward of a potential victory. Hextall said he was approached by Flyers players asking if they could schedule their chartered flight for Dec. 26. Normally, the team would have flown on the afternoon that day, but the 3-day holiday break barred any team activity from Dec. 24 to 26. So, instead of flying on Dec. 27, the day of the game against the Predators, the Flyers departed Philadelphia International Airport at 8:24 p.m. on Dec. 26 and hoped word would not leak out. That flight data was ultimately culled by Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto, which first broke the rule violation.
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November 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a theory floating around that the Flyers are off to a poor start because Claude Giroux is not a good captain. It's an erroneous theory. The Flyers have struggled because they have mid-level talent, and because several players haven't played with the passion provided by Giroux and his linemates. Giroux may not be the best sound bite in the Flyers' locker room, but he leads - quite well - with his relentless style on the ice. The 26-year-old star center has his own captain's style.
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October 17, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Pronger is as feisty off the ice as he was during his playing days. The former defenseman bristled at the suggestion that, by taking a job with the NHL's player-safety department on Friday, it is a conflict of interest because he is being paid by the Flyers for the next three seasons. Pronger said that he is "merely a sounding board" for Stephane Quintal, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, and that Quintal will hand out disciplinary measures. Pronger will not be permitted to make disciplinary recommendations on incidents involving the Flyers.
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October 14, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world? Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand. That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety. Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017.
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October 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NHL SiriusXM commentator noted the irony of the situation Thursday: Chris Pronger, known as Captain Nasty because of the ultraphysical way he played, was being considered for a job in the league's player-safety department. "It's like O.J. Simpson doing marriage counseling," Jim "Boomer" Gordon told his radio listeners. On Friday, it became official. Pronger, who is technically still on the Flyers roster, was hired by the NHL. "I think it's a good move for the league," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday night.
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