May 28, 2010 |
ASK RETIRED Flyers defenseman Ed Van Impe if he sees any of himself in the team's current standout backliner, Chris Pronger, and he offers a qualified yes. "Probably a little bit," Van Impe, 70, said from his home in British Columbia. "I used to take pride in my defensive play, in taking care of my own end and clearing out the front of the net so the goaltender can see the puck. Chris is like that, too. " But Van Impe, a member of the Flyers' 1974 and '75 Stanley Cup championship teams, is honest enough and realistic enough that he won't say that Pronger's abilities are a mirror image of his own. "Believe me, Chris Pronger is light years ahead of me in terms of overall ability is concerned," Van Impe said.
March 15, 2011 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Nobody knows Chris Pronger's body like Chris Pronger. And Pronger, holding himself out of the last two games because of a right-hand injury sustained on Feb. 24 when he blocked a shot against the Islanders, knew there was something wrong. Something that an MRI and multiple X-rays did not show. His intuition was spot on. Pronger will undergo surgery this morning in Cleveland by noted hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham to repair a small fracture found in a CT scan on Sunday.
August 3, 2009 |
The NHL is investigating the negotiations between the Flyers and defenseman Chris Pronger that led to Pronger's 7-year, $34.5 million contract extension, a league spokesman confirmed yesterday. The league also is looking into Marian Hossa's 12-year, $62.8 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the spokesman said. ESPN.com reported the league is concerned that front-loaded contracts for older players are being used to potentially circumvent the salary cap. If the teams are found to have violated the collective bargaining agreement, they could face fines, the loss of draft picks, or both.
March 29, 2003 |
St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Pronger will be back on the ice today for the first time since he was hurt in a playoff game last season. Pronger has been practicing for several weeks as he recovers from severe knee and wrist injuries. He announced his return yesterday following the team's morning workout. The Blues host Central Division rival Detroit today. A win would move St. Louis within three points of the division-leading Red Wings. Both teams have five games remaining.
March 26, 1994 |
Six Hartford Whalers - including captain Pat Verbeek and star rookie Chris Pronger - were suspended yesterday for a barroom brawl in upstate New York. But the NHL promptly reversed the decision of team owner Richard Gordon. Commissioner Gary B. Bettman rescinded the suspensions, pending the outcome of an investigation that he ordered earlier in the day. His decision came hours after Gordon announced the suspensions at a midday news conference. "The reaction of the club was inappropriate and it was dealt with," said Bob Goodenow, the NHL Players Association executive director.
January 13, 2004 |
NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell was busy yesterday, handing out two-game suspensions to New York Rangers forward Chris Simon and Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider, and a one-game ban to Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier. Simon was punished for crosschecking Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko and then jumping on him and punching him during the Lightning's 2-1 overtime win Sunday. He was given a double minor for crosschecking and roughing and will miss home games tonight against the New York Islanders, and Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
June 8, 2010
The first two games the Flyers played in Chicago were losses, but they were also close affairs that could have gone in their favor. Game 5 wasn't nearly as competitive. The Flyers looked lost from the moment the puck dropped. What went wrong for the Orange and Black and why? It's not that anything went wrong with the Flyers as much is what the Blackhawks did right. This was a must-win game for them. They knew they did not want to come back to Philly for Game 6 one game down.
January 8, 2011 |
Over the 3 weeks since his foot surgery on Dec. 17, Chris Pronger said he has spent more time at the Flyers' Skate Zone rehabbing than he does when he is healthy and in the lineup. That might soon pay off. Following a healthy CT scan and evaluation earlier in the week, Pronger lightly skated on his own on Thursday and again yesterday. He has downsized from a large walking boot, which he wore for 2 weeks, to a small one. And he is set to rejoin his teammates on the ice this week.
July 28, 1995 |
Brendan Shanahan, a star left wing with the St. Louis Blues who broke his ankle during the playoffs, was traded last night to the Hartford Whalers for top young defenseman Chris Pronger. A big scorer who finished with 20 goals last season, Shanahan injured his ankle in the fifth game of the playoffs, and the Blues were eliminated in the first round by Vancouver. Shanahan was often at odds with coach Mike Keenan. During the season, Keenan criticized Shanahan's toughness and work ethic, and Shanahan sulked after the Blues traded linemate Craig Janney to San Jose.
June 9, 2010
Chris Pronger saw the questionably edited picture - but wouldn't add fuel to the fire. The Flyers defenseman was featured on a poster in yesterday's Chicago Tribune with his bottom-half subbed out for a figure skater in a skirt and tights. Under the headline "Chrissy Pronger," it read that Pronger "looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane. " You stay classy, Chicago. Apparently, that's the best the Tribune could do - the same newspaper that featured a column saying the Stanley Cup finals were over after the Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead.