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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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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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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Flyers' speedy fourth-line center, was overjoyed by his accomplishment. "I don't know if I really realize what's going on," he said before the season opener Wednesday against the Bruins. "I don't know if it's because it's so many years that you don't believe in this kind of stuff, that it's going to happen to you. " At 29, Bellemare became the ninth French-born player to reach the NHL when he played in the Flyers-Bruins matchup. "It's a big step for our country, for all our hockey fans - to have one more representative of the country," he said.
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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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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers received some encouraging news Friday: Top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn will not miss as much time as originally feared, general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall said the Flyers won't know Coburn's time frame until he is examined by a specialist Monday, but that he was "optimistic" that the veteran would be able to play when the team starts a three-game road trip in Dallas next Saturday. If that's the case, Coburn would have missed just three games since suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury in Boston on Wednesday.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DESPITE THE fact that he is still on the Flyers' payroll, Chris Pronger will have direct input on any supplemental discipline handed out this season. The NHL is expected to announce Pronger's hiring today in the Department of Player Safety, confirming a TSN report. The league did not return an official request for comment last night. Unfortunately for the Flyers and their bean counters, the team will still be on the hook for the remaining $5.15 million in salary due to him. Pronger, who turns 40 today, also will remain on the Flyers' long-term injury list and the team will receive a salary-cap cushion equal to his $4.94 million salary-cap hit to use on a replacement player.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
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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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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers received some encouraging news Friday: Top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn will not miss as much time as originally feared, general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall said the Flyers won't know Coburn's time frame until he is examined by a specialist Monday, but that he was "optimistic" that the veteran would be able to play when the team starts a three-game road trip in Dallas next Saturday. If that's the case, Coburn would have missed just three games since suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury in Boston on Wednesday.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Flyers' speedy fourth-line center, was overjoyed by his accomplishment. "I don't know if I really realize what's going on," he said before the season opener Wednesday against the Bruins. "I don't know if it's because it's so many years that you don't believe in this kind of stuff, that it's going to happen to you. " At 29, Bellemare became the ninth French-born player to reach the NHL when he played in the Flyers-Bruins matchup. "It's a big step for our country, for all our hockey fans - to have one more representative of the country," he said.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DESPITE THE fact that he is still on the Flyers' payroll, Chris Pronger will have direct input on any supplemental discipline handed out this season. The NHL is expected to announce Pronger's hiring today in the Department of Player Safety, confirming a TSN report. The league did not return an official request for comment last night. Unfortunately for the Flyers and their bean counters, the team will still be on the hook for the remaining $5.15 million in salary due to him. Pronger, who turns 40 today, also will remain on the Flyers' long-term injury list and the team will receive a salary-cap cushion equal to his $4.94 million salary-cap hit to use on a replacement player.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Chris Pronger is rapidly approaching the 3-year anniversary of his last NHL game, on Nov. 19, 2011. He has not put on full hockey equipment in 1,055 days. There is no question, not even in his mind, that his playing days are over - his illustrious career cut short by concussion-like symptoms. Yet, Pronger remains on the Flyers' roster. His contract does not expire until June 30, 2017. Since suffering his eye injury on Oct. 24, 2011, when he took a high-stick from Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski, which contributes to his symptoms, he has continued to collect the $26,950,000 remaining on his contract.
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September 25, 2014
TORONTO - Chris Pronger has not skated in an NHL game since Nov. 19, 2011. Yet Pronger, in addition to every player on the Flyers' payroll in 2012-13, will receive a long-awaited bonus check in the mail next month. Every player with an NHL contract from the lockout-shortened campaign will receive the first of three "transition payments" on Oct. 15, when their first paycheck is distributed. The payment was first reported by sportsnet.ca's Chris Johnston. The transition payments, doled out on Oct. 15 in 2014, 2015 and 2016, were negotiated as part of the NHL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement when the lockout ended.
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September 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Someday, Flyers prospect Sam Morin hopes to remind folks of his idol, Chris Pronger. That's why Morin seeks advice from the former standout defenseman whenever he gets the chance. After Saturday's opening day of rookie camp in Voorhees, Morin recalled a conversation he had with the once-menacing Pronger, who had a simple message: Play mean, but play smart. "I got into an incident this past year with my stick, and he just told me not to do it again," said Morin, a 6-foot-6, 224-pound defenseman who has gained 13 pounds in the last year.
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