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Let Pronger Retire

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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....

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.

Pronger, 38, knows his career is done. So do Flyers officials. Heck, even Pronger's doctor, a concussion specialist from the University of Pittsburgh, said he has advised the defenseman to never play again because of "significant" medical vulnerabilities.

Yet, the charade continues because of the NHL's ludicrous cap rules.

Change the rules. Stop the charade.

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Maybe I’m being naïve, but I would hope the parties involved would have too much integrity for that.

Yes, Sam, you are.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/12/13 at 10:38 AM ET

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everyone knows what is going on here.  There is no point to it… every team will do the same thing.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/12/13 at 10:48 AM ET

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I never thought of Chris “Fizziks” Pronger a hall of famer. A leg stomper, yes, but not a hall of famer.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/12/13 at 11:28 AM ET

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt5rBWarx6A

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/12/13 at 11:37 AM ET

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It was a stupid contract when the 4 year extension was signed AFTER he was 35, meaning a retirement would count against the cap regardless.  The Flyers knew the rules when they signed him, I don’t see why they should be given a free pass.  If you’re not going to let him retire because of the cap ramifications, throw him a nice party when he does in 2 years.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 03/12/13 at 12:03 PM ET

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Yet, the charade continues because of the NHL’s ludicrous cap rules.

Nobody was blindsided by these rules.  The Flyers and Pronger knew the rules when they signed the contract.

So yeah, he can retire.  And the Flyers can keep his cap hit on the books.  I wonder if Carchidi would be singing this song if it were a rival team’s big money player who did the same thing.

Posted by Garth on 03/12/13 at 12:35 PM ET

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