March 1, 2011 |
Nick Boynton was smiling. Skating around the ice during his first full practice with the Flyers, Boynton was reunited with his first professional coach, Peter Laviolette, for the first time in more than a decade. The two traded a few laughs, reminiscing about old times before getting to work. "Knowing a few people, it makes it a little bit easier coming to a brand new team," Boynton said. "Things change over 11 years, but I know what kind of coach he is, and he's a real good coach.
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.
September 19, 2013 |
The Flyers showed they believe in Sam Morin's potential, signing the 6-foot-6, 211-pound defenseman Tuesday to a three-year, entry-level deal for $4.275 million, including bonuses. Selected in the first round of the June draft, Morin, 18, has been impressive in training camp. Though he is likely to be sent back to his junior team, the Quebec native is giving the Flyers reason to pause before making that decision. "I knew negotiations had started, and I was very happy to sign this contract," said Morin, who had an eye-opening assist in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to Washington on Monday.
April 19, 2011 |
BUFFALO - Defenseman Chris Pronger, sidelined since March 8 because of a broken right hand, skated with the Flyers Monday morning and took some light wrist shots. He sat out the victory over the Sabres in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals but appears closer to returning. Originally, the Flyers had hoped Pronger would return late in the regular season and said they expected him to be sidelined three or four weeks. Tuesday is five weeks from the surgery.
April 13, 2011 |
Chris Pronger is confident he is making progress. And Pronger said yesterday that he is "very" confident he will be able to return to the Flyers' lineup at some point during their first-round playoff series against Buffalo - even if it is not for Game 1. Yesterday, Pronger took part in an early morning skate with assistant coach Kevin McCarthy, forward Ian Laperriere and defenseman Matt Walker, who cleared re-entry waivers later yesterday....
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.