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April 13, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Give Chris Pronger this much. He's a lot funnier than Chase Utley. Otherwise, the awkward exchanges between the media and the injured player - not to mention the media and the official team spokesmen - feel eerily similar. Two months ago, it seemed like minor news that Utley was sitting out workouts with soreness in his knee. Now the season is two weeks old and his return is as uncertain as ever. Just over a month ago, Pronger missed a couple of games. Then it was revealed that he needed surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.
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February 9, 2010 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - After two nights of red-eye flights and a greeting in Tokyo befitting of the Beatles, it was like a scene right out of your favorite Three Stooges episode. The Flyers' Chris Pronger had just unpacked his bags in Nagano, Japan, and hustled over to Team Canada's common room for a meeting. Just 23 back in 1998, Pronger didn't know quite what to expect in his first Olympic Games. And when the 6-6, 210-pound defenseman sat down to join his teammates, he really sat down . Pronger didn't miss the chair.
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January 24, 2011 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - For Chris Pronger, the sound of boos raining down from the crowd each time the puck made contact with his stick yesterday was nothing new. Pronger has been booed religiously in rinks around the league - including Edmonton, his former hometown. In Edmonton, Pronger was once described as "Public Enemy No. 1" after requesting a trade through his agent for personal reasons. But the boos yesterday, at the United Center, were for an entirely different reason. "It was nice to feel welcomed," Pronger said.
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November 29, 2011 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, seravaf@phillynews.com
THE NEXT TIME Chris Pronger steps onto the ice in a Flyers uniform might well be inside the frozen confines of Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2 in the Winter Classic. That's because Pronger will undergo surgery this afternoon to remove loose bodies in his left knee after sitting out the last week with an unrelated virus. The Flyers hoped the four games he missed with the virus would give his knee enough time to heal. Pronger is expected to miss approximately 4 weeks. "This has been an issue probably for the last month or so for him that's been nagging," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a conference call.
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October 11, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Teemu Selanne ruined Chris Pronger's 35th birthday celebration last night as the Flyers coughed up a late 2-0 lead and lost to Anaheim in a shoot-out, 3-2, before a stunned sellout crowd at the Wachovia Center. Selanne, the Ducks' youthful 39-year-old right winger, scored two goals in the final 6 minutes, 44 seconds of regulation, including the equalizer with the goalie pulled and 16 seconds left. He then scored the only goal in the shoot-out, putting a shot inside the left post to beat Ray Emery.
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March 27, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Chris Pronger sidelined because of a hand injury, the Flyers' top four defensemen have been forced to play more minutes. More minutes doesn't always translate into more production. In the Flyers' case, it has. Surprisingly, the Flyers entered Saturday with a slightly higher points percentage without Pronger in the lineup than with him. Minus the likely Hall of Famer, the Flyers are a commendable 13-5-5, a .674 points percentage. They are 31-14-5 with him (.670)
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October 26, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Chris Pronger expected to miss at least six games because of an eye injury, Matt Walker and Andreas Lilja could be part of the Flyers' defensive rotation for the next two weeks. Or longer. The veterans had been either a healthy scratch or the sixth defenseman. "It's not the way you want to go in, but there's an opportunity for me," Lilja said after a short practice Tuesday in Voorhees. "We're all going to have to chip in and take over his minutes. It's a tough job, but we can all chip in and do what you have to do. " "It's a chance to get more games in, but it's tough to see anybody go down, especially when it has to do with your eye," said Walker, whose team will use some new defensive parings Wednesday night when it faces the free-falling Canadiens in Montreal.
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November 9, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
TAMPA - With Chris Pronger back in the lineup after a six-game absence, the Flyers' defense was much improved Wednesday night. Problem was, the offense took a step backward against the trap-happy Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers, coming off a nine-goal eruption against Columbus, dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum. Brett Connolly scored on a rebound 2 minutes, 30 seconds into overtime to give the Lightning the win. In regulation, the Flyers were outshot, 22-14.
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June 2, 2010
PETER LAVIOLETTE, a grown-up person with a Stanley Cup on his permanent record, knows the deal. You coach in the Cup final, you lose a game, you get second-guessed. It is what happens. It is what always will happen. The moment for the Flyers' coach came in the second period of Monday night's Game 2 against the Blackhawks. It was a game the Flyers lost, 2-1. It was a game in which the Blackhawks scored both of their goals within a 28-second span. All of this is about the first goal, and the fact the Flyers got caught with Lukas Krajicek and Oskars Bartulis, their third defense pair, on the ice at the time.
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June 10, 2010
The Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup this year thanks to some guys who are tough and skilled and determined. Reminded some people about other notable Flyers teams. Which players from the 2010 team would have best fit in with the bunch Bernie played with back in the day? Players on a team all have a defined role, as do the coaches.  The toughness and the ability to make game-time changes are very similar in the teams I played on and this team. The leadership on the ice is also present.
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November 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
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July 1, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Flyer Chris Pronger, the towering, crease-clearing defenseman who played the game on the edge - and sometimes beyond - was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Pronger, 40, called it "very humbling" to be included alongside the players and builders who were selected. "It's very exciting to think about becoming an honored member; it's certainly something I didn't expect while playing. " Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. were also named to the Hall.
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July 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
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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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February 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Through requests made under The Freedom of Information Act - and with the help of a North Korean hacker - The Inquirer has obtained copies of hundreds of recent e-mails sent by prominent sports and political figures. We have published some below. Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 5:59 a.m. FROM: HRoseman@philadelphiaeagles.com TO: CKelly@philadelphiaeagles.com SUBJECT: 2017 draft Chip, I still haven't received your feedback on my scouting breakdowns for all the prospective fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-round picks in the 2017 draft.
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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 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 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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