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Flyers Take A Chance With Pronger Signing

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers prefer to characterize the draft-day move as the opportunity to add a future Hall of Fame player who will solidify the back line for seasons to come. That might be exactly how it will turn out, too, but the stakes and the measuring stick for the Flyers remains as always: Cup or nothing.

And with that, the clock is ticking.

It is ticking because the Flyers paid an enormous price to acquire him, sending away two first-round picks, and - by including talented 19-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa - the equivalent of a third first-rounder.

Three years from now, if the Pronger acquisition has not produced a Stanley Cup, the talent gap left by dealing those three top picks has the potential to leave some holes on the roster.

As it is, there are a few holes the Flyers will have to plug in the short term, too. Losing Joffrey Lupul in the trade and forward Mike Knuble because the team couldn’t afford to keep him will provide for some challenges on the scoring lines, particularly at right wing.

But those are the chances the Flyers have taken, with the future and with the present. And, for all the right reasons, those were the correct chances to take.

read on

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Flyers May Have Interest In Shanahan

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

There is an intriguing goal-scoring winger still waiting for a contract offer and his name is Brendan Shanahan. The Devils have not offered a contract to the 40-year-old winger and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is looking to add some more Stanley Cup experience to his club.

Holmgren’s other options include Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger. Stay tuned.

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Watch Pronger

Heck, a very slow news day so far, so why not watch Chris Pronger live today?

via PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will meet with the media today at noon. The press conference will be streamed live here on philadelphiaflyers.com. Also taking part will be Ed Snider, Peter Luukko and Paul Holmgren.

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Pronger Too Good To Pass Up

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So what happened in three years to make the Flyers change Ed Snider’s philosophy and mortgage the future for soon-to-be-35-year-old Chris Pronger?...

“If it was just a normal veteran, we would not have given up youth for that,” Snider said the other night. “But it was Pronger.”

Snider, 76, said it with the reverence usually saved for a Sinatra, a Streep, or a Springsteen.

“He’s not a typical veteran,” Snider added. “He’s one of the greatest players of all time, and we could not turn it down because we needed him desperately.”


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Ian Laperriere Signs with the Flyers

According to RDS (French), Ian Laperrière has been signed by the Philadelphia Flyers for 3 years, $3.5 million.

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Flyers Sign Brian Boucher, 2 Years

According to Sportsnet, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Brian Boucher for 2 years, at $925,000 per year.

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Flyers Talk

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

With Wednesday’s free agency period looming, the Flyers and Mike Knuble continue contract talks today.

The Flyers are believed to be offering an incentive-based one-year dea with a base salary in the $1 million range. Knuble likely is seeking a two-year agreement with a higher base salary, probably in the $2 million range.

Look for the Flyers to land a goalie on Wednesday, perhaps veteran Brian Boucher or Scott Clemmenson or Ty Conklin and wait until later to sign a veteran free-agent center for the NHL minimum.

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Be Prepared For Pronger

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

If they were the Broad Street Bullies before, the acquisition of Chris Pronger from Anaheim has turned them into the BROAD STREET BULLIES now.

This should inspire thought—if not concern—among the Rangers, Islanders and Devils; not to mention all points north and south.

Let’s not kid ourselves; this Incredible Hulk called Pronger is an unholy terror….

his was an incident last season in Anaheim; Devils vs. Ducks with only a couple of seconds left in a game long ago decided.

New Jersey’s ace, Zach Parise knew that the final buzzer was about to sound and let down his guard.

He did not bargain for Pronger who emerged from behind and delivered a devastating—as dirty as can be—crosscheck that felled the unsuspecting Devil.

Parise survived the blow—don’t ask me how—and Pronger escaped without a penalty, but that’s not the issue, although that is Pronger’s specialty.


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Pronger- Mr. Misunderstood

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Booed mercilessly in nearly every NHL arena except his own, Pronger is perhaps the league’s most misunderstood individual. Certainly, he has crossed the line at times, as eight career suspensions attest, but fans who are convinced that Pronger is nothing but evil are severely misguided.

Pronger himself often fuels the perception that he is a bad guy, perhaps as something of a defense mechanism and undoubtedly to place further fear into the heads of opponents. Brief interactions with Pronger can definitely leave the wrong impression, as evidenced by an incident after one Ducks road game against the Minnesota Wild.

With a collection of reporters nearby, Pronger loudly stated that anyone interested should gather around because he was going to speak only once. Those who knew him thought nothing of it. It was just Pronger being Pronger.


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A Look At The Pronger Trade

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

A boatload of young talent was traded. Moreover, Pronger is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.25 million. There are no assurances that he will stay beyond this season, though Holmgren is eager to negotiate an extension, and Pronger’s agent, Pat Morris, is optimistic that a long-term deal can get done.

The trade also leaves the Flyers with precious little salary-cap space.

They are about $5 million under the new $56.8 million cap - and still have to add a backup goalie, a right winger (they want to re-sign Mike Knuble, who has drawn interest from the Penguins), and perhaps another defenseman and a fourth-line center adept at winning face-offs.

It is the second daring move Holmgren has made in the off-season. The first brought a controversial goalie, Ray Emery, whose low salary of $1.5 million and promise caused the Flyers to overlook his previous antics - and enabled them to afford Pronger.


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