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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
 

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Pronger Considered A Player, Can He Also Be A Scout?

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Chris Pronger walks a fine line between working for the Flyers in a scouting capacity and sitting in on meetings with management, all the while being a dues-paying member of the NHLPA.

Such is the life of a former player, struck down by post-concussion syndrome, and living between two worlds -- permanently disabled player and club scouting.

“I have yet to be told what my duties are,” said Pronger, who still suffers from headaches from an ocular concussion, and likely will for the rest of his life.

“As still an active player and a dues-paying member of the [NHLPA] and all that, I know my role will be somewhat limited still in what I can and can’t do," Pronger said on Thursday at Flyers training camp.

Pronger is not an active player in the true sense. He can’t retire without harming the Flyers' salary infrastructure. Under the CBA, they would be stuck with his near-$4.9 million cap hit for the remaining four years of his contract without the ability to place him on LTIR.

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A Frank Talk With Chris Pronger

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,

It is a sad way for a great and likely Hall of Fame career to end, but to Pronger's credit, he also spoke thoughtfully and forcefully about the future, even one with such uncertainty because everything from his vision to his train of thought may never quite return to normal. He talked about what constituted a victory, or what he called "a winning streak": consecutive days without strong headaches and symptoms. He's been pushing himself to work out, move around, and be with people more in order to improve the quality of his life and reduce the stress on his family, even if that means aggravating his symptoms more often than he would like.

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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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Do You Rank Chris Pronger An All-Time Top 10 Defenseman?

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

Pronger's physical prowess allowed him to play seemingly half the game. He was a mainstay on both the power play and penalty kill units, and often double shifted at regular strength. Not only was he a game breaking defenseman but he was arguably the top shutdown defenseman of his era. He always played against the top forwards every night. None of his near 28 minutes a night were easy.

The most amazing thing about Chris Pronger, in my estimation, was his ability to control the pace of the game. Late in his career he was criticized for being too slow or too old. It did not really matter, as he could read the ice and the flow of the game as well as anyone in the modern era. He seemingly slowed everything down and then when he lulled everyone to his desired level he'd shoot a bolt of lightning into the game, often in the form of a dagger-like pass for a quick break. Old timers tell me the only player that they saw control the pace of the game so well was the great Doug Harvey.

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Chris Pronger On His Injury

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,

Pronger, 38, has understandably not addressed the media or the public about his ultimate career-ending eye injury until now. There isn’t much he’s allowed to say.

He gave his first interview to close family friend, Rogers Sportsnet analyst Dan Murphy in a two-part series which will air beginning Wednesday night in Canada....

Pronger was struck in the eye on Oct. 24, 2011 against the Maple Leafs, when Mikhail Grabovski’s errant stick caught him. His reaction was not all that different from the one you saw Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, when Marc Staal writhed on the ice in pain. Pronger’s painful shrieks were audible from the press box, in an ultra-quiet Wells Fargo Center.

It was a sound you never forget as a journalist, one that still gives you chills. He never recovered from that stick to the eye, which may have resulted in an ocular-nerve concussion, and returned too soon.

“What happened was, I had 30-year-old eyes. I got hit and the doctor told me I had 60-year-old eyes,”Pronger said. “I don’t have very good peripheral vision. That so-called sixth sense? I used to have a really good one. Now, I couldn’t feel anyone coming around a corner.

“My kids scare me all the time.”

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added 2:02pm,

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

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Why No Official Word On Pronger?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has been dogged repeatedly for updates since announcing on Dec. 15, 2011 that Pronger would miss the remainder of the season for “concussion-like symptoms.”

Just this week, Holmgren told a reporter that Pronger - who recently visited a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - that he is “doing better but not to the point where he can think about playing.” In fact, Pronger probably had to see the doctor in Pittsburgh to sign papers for the NHL that he remained unfit to play.

Pronger, who turns 38 on Oct. 10, has not skated since Nov. 19, 2011 in Winnipeg. Holmgren also said it was “too soon” to tell whether Pronger could consider skating again.

There is a reason Pronger has not addressed the media once since being sidelined. No one can say anything further. 

Why?

Since Pronger’s 7-year, $34.45 million extension with the Flyers kicked in after his 35th birthday, the Flyers are on the hook for his full salary cap hit should he or the club hint that he is retiring or formally sign the papers. 

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Pronger Struggling With Recovery

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Every day at home in South Jersey, it’s a constant struggle for Lauren Pronger and her husband Chris, and their family.

“We have a lot of help,” she said. “And we need it.”

Lauren Pronger, who is co-chairman of the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival, said Sunday that there has not been any substantial change, either positive or negative, to Chris’ post-concussion syndrome since she last spoke in January.

She also admitted that, for the first time, her family is considering reaching out to Keith Primeau who has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome for six years, because her and Chris want to know what life may be like if he never gets better.

“That has been brought up a lot lately,” she said. “There are a lot of parallels between the two [men]. I think Chris is starting to realize now that he should be in communication with him.

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Video- Lauren Pronger Talks About Her Husband Chris

via CSNPhilly,

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Pronger’s Career Could Be Over

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Thanks to all those suspensions over all those years, and his willingness to fence – physically and otherwise – with anyone who would come near, Chris Pronger has always been a polarizing figure for the almost two decades that he’s played in the NHL.

Nobody sums up the term “old school” better than Pronger, someone who hasn’t been involved much in the NHL’s concussion discussion. Not until Thursday night, anyway, when his boss, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, took the unprecedented step of announcing that Pronger’s concussion symptoms are so severe that he has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

Think about that.

This is mid-December. NHL playoffs generally stretch until nearly the end of June. So in the opinion of the two specialists who examined Pronger this week – and diagnosed him with “severe” post-concussion symptoms – they do not believe his condition will appreciably improve enough in the next six months to permit him to play again this season.

And given Pronger’s age (37), the truculent nature of his play, and the wear and tear on his body, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility to think that his distinguished career could be over.

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Report- Pronger Out Indefinitely

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Look for #Flyers 2 announce Pronger will be shut down indefinitely. No time line expected but some believe rest of season may be in jeopardy

added 5:35pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

After seeing concussion Drs., PHI’s Chris Pronger won’t be playing anytime soon and I won’t be surprised he doesn’t play rest of season.

added 8:00pm, via the Flyers website,

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren gave the following update on the status of Chris Pronger:

“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post concussion syndrome. It is the recommendation of Doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.  Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better.”

note: this post was originally made at 4:17pm.

 

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Pronger Suffering With Concussion-Like Symptoms And Schenn Has A Concussion

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a statement concerning the injury status of defenseman Chris Pronger:

While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms. Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out indefinetly.

Holmgren also addressed the status of rookie forward Brayden Schenn, who has missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury.

Brayden reported “not feeling himself” on December 5th. Our doctors believe he has a mild concussion. Brayden will be out indefinitely.

 

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Pronger Updates His Health Status

via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Pronger said he was not quite over the virus and “I don’t know what’s going on.”

Pronger’s surgery was his fifth in 16 months. He said most of them werefluky, caused by getting hit with pucks, and implied he wasn’t breaking down because of his age.

The Flyers said he will be back in a little less than four weeks. Pronger said it could be three to six weeks.

If the Flyers were playing in the Cup Finals, Pronger said, he would not have had the surgery and would have played through the pain. He wants to be 100 percent for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

As for the virus, Pronger said he has been experiencing headaches and nausea like never before; he revealed he passed a concussion test.

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Knee Surgery For Pronger

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

After missing the last 4 games with a virus, Flyers captain Chris Pronger will have surgery on his left knee tomorrow.

No, that is not a misprint.

Pronger will have surgery tomorrow afternoon to “clean out some loose particles that have given Chris some problems over the last month or so,” according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

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Pronger Discusses Injury To His Eye

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Pronger said upon entering the Flyers dressing room. “Every serious injury I’ve ever had has started with numbness and I was numb. The yellow liquid that I could see was obviously the blood. When you open your eye and your vision is very blurry, well, you expect the worst. Everything was distorted. My whole head was numb.”

Team doctors attended to Pronger and an eye specialist was summoned. Unfortunately it took about 90 minutes for the specialist to arrive. Pronger admits the whole ordeal was frightening.

“I didn’t know if I had lost my vision or if my eye socket had been crushed,” he said.

He iced the eye area for about 30 minutes and then for 15-minute intervals with five minute breaks. He said that helped, but he was very concerned about his blurry vision.

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Video- Pronger Progress Report

via Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Chris Pronger just addressed the media for the first time since catching a stick to his right eye last Monday against Toronto.

He appeared to be in good spirits and didn’t look too bad considering. His right pupil was a little larger than it should be, but he’s on his way back - admitting he started riding the bike today.

SanFilippo also posted this video of the Pronger media scrum…

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Players Should Be Pressing for Mandatory Visors

From Scott Burnside at ESPN:

Anyone who’s spent any time around National Hockey League rinks understands that hockey players are for the most part considerate, thoughtful people. There are many who are forward-thinking, articulate players and who can expound on any number of topics. Which makes it all the more mystifying when we see something as ghastly as Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger take a stick to the eye and learn that he will miss two to three weeks with an injury that could have been significantly worse and those same players remain moot on such an important issue.

Worse, how can a group of professional athletes have remained moot on this same health and safety issue for so long? The fact players have resisted efforts to impose a mandatory introduction of visors.

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Pronger Progressing

from the Flyers PR department,

With the team flying to Montreal today in preparation to take on the Canadiens tomorrow night, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren updated the status of captain Chris Pronger:

“Chris Pronger was seen by Dr. Stephen Goldman today and is progressing very well.”

Pronger did not make the trip to Montreal and continues to be on bed rest for the next three days.

more on the topic of visors…

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Pronger Takes A Stick To The Face

via Randy Miller of Flyer Files,

Flyers captain Chris Pronger was injured in the first period of Monday’s game after being stuck in the face by the stick of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.

Pronger covered his face and immediately skated to the Flyers dressing room.

There was no penalty called on the play and Flyers fans booed loudly, but, by rule, the referees made the correct call because Grabovski hit Pronger on the follow-through of his shot.

The only update from the Flyers is Pronger will not return to the game.

added 8:24pm, video of the incident and you can hear Pronger in definite pain…

added 9:00pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Pronger update: He is seeing an eye specialist but because of swelling, more time will be required for an evaluation. No further details.

added 10:40pm, via TSN,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told TSN that Pronger was hit right beside an eye and saw an eye specialist at the arena. Pronger will be on bed rest for three to four days out of concern for possible blood pooling. The Flyers hope that Pronger will get back in two to three weeks depending on how the injury heals. The team said that Pronger will wear a visor when he gets back.

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Video- Hit Of The Night Features Pronger On Backes

I am a bit suprised David Backes did not anticipate the hit from Chris Pronger.

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Captain Pronger

via the Philadelphia Flyers website,

The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that defenseman Chris Pronger has been named the 18th captain in team history.

In addition, Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen will wear the “A” as the alternate captains for the 2011-12 season.

The following is a statement from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren:

“With Chris’ experience and presence, we felt that he was the perfect player to take over as captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.”

“Having Kimmo and Danny, both former captains in the NHL, serving as alternates, really gives us a strong, dedicated leadership group.”

“All three of these players know what it takes to win and are excellent role models both on and off the ice.”

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Pronger Updates His Health

Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers held a Q & A with the media today, discussing his recovery from hand and back surgery.

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Q: Do you have pain now?

“Just sitting here talking to you guys, I have no pain. Other than my brain.”

Q: Are you confident the problem has been fixed?

“I am. I am, yeah. I hope so. That is the idea when you have these surgeries, that it’ll be fixed for good. But we do play a physical game and you know, we’ll see, but as I’ve said I am starting to feel a little bit better. You start rounding the corner, you’re able to ride the bike a little bit harder, you start to feel a little bit better about yourself, and you start get your energy level back and those sorts of things. You start to really kind of push yourself in the gym a little bit more, and as I said, once I start lifting weights I’ll be able to push myself even harder and see how I react and feel”

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Pronger May Miss Start of Training Camp

From Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post:

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is progressing nicely from offseason back surgery, but he may miss the start of training camp, general manager Paul Holmgren acknowledged Friday.

Pronger had disc fragments in his lower back removed on May 12 and underwent surgery to repair a broken hand on March 15.

According to Holmgren, Pronger was examined by a back specialist and a hand specialist last week and was given permission to step up his rehab.

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Pronger On Bryzgalov

from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Is he among the elite goaltenders in your opinion?

Well, I think if yiou look at his play over the last three years you pretty much have to put him there. I don’t know. Who do you consider the elite goalies in the league?

Well, I think a lot of people will say Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas. Is he in that category?

You probably have Miller, Lundqvist, Kiprusoff. Bryz, I would have to say, has done as much as those guys. If you want to start compare stats, I’m sure he compares quite well against all those guys.

Long before you got here I’m sure you heard about the Flyers’ need for a goaltender. Do you think this will finally silence those questions?

I don’t think it’s ever going to be silenced until we win a Stanley Cup. (Laughter) You laugh, but that’s what it’s going to take. It doesn’t matter if the guy goes out and wins the Vezina Trophy. If he doesn’t help the team win the Stanley Cup – at the end of the day that’s what we’re all graded on….

more plus a smaill update on Pronger’s health…

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Surgery For Pronger

via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet at CityNews,

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger will undergo surgery on his back Thursday.

The 36-year-old veteran blueliner appeared in just three of 11 playoff games for the Flyers this year due to a lower back problem and was limited to 50 regular season games because of numerous injuries.

Thursday’s procedure will be his fourth surgery in the past 12 months. Pronger had knee surgery last summer as well as further procedures on his knee and foot.

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Pronger May Require 4th Surgery in 10 Months

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com:

Calling it “the year from hell,” Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger could learn in a matter of days if he’s going to need his fourth surgery in 10 months.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com that Pronger could have a bulging or herniated disc in his lower back. The back injury, along with a hamstring pull, is what sidelined Pronger for the final three games of the Flyers’ conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins.

continued…

Update 2:45pm ET: Transcript of Pronger’s conference call with the media today is here.

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Is Pronger’s Back Bothering Him?

from Ray Parrillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined to reveal details of Pronger’s injury before Monday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center.

“There is nothing to talk about,” Holmgren said through a team spokesman.

It was unclear whether Pronger’s absence was related to the broken right hand that sidelined him for the final 16 regular-season games and the first five playoff games, or if he has suffered another injury.

Earlier Monday, Holmgren said Pronger was “OK” even though the defenseman didn’t take part in the morning skate. In the final minutes of the Flyers’ 7-3 loss to the Bruins Saturday in Game 1, Pronger went up the tunnel to the locker room rather than remain on the bench with his teammates, an indication that something was wrong.

There has been speculation by some media outlets that the 36-year-old Pronger is having back problems.

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Video- Nasty Pronger

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Pronger Doesn’t Skate, But Will He Play?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Pronger, meanwhile, did not skate with his teammates again on Monday at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees. It is believed that Pronger has not skated at all since March 28, raising multiple red flags about why a hand injury would suddenly derail Pronger’s feet from continuing to move on the ice.

General manager Paul Holmgren said in an e-mail on Monday afternoon that Pronger remains day-to-day. He missed the last 16 games of the regular season with his right hand surgery, which was supposed to not only strengthen the small bone that was fractured but also prevent re-injury.

The Flyers worked almost exclusively on special teams on Monday, which included penalty killing ace Blair Betts on the ice with his teammates. Betts, who is nursing a lower-body injury, appears to be ready for Game 1. He missed the last 3 games of the regular season.

The good news, though, is that Pronger did partake in the Flyers’ power play meeting, which is a sign he could be available to play. Or not.

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Pronger Return Delayed

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Press,

Sidelined since March 8 with a broken right hand, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has endured a ``minor setback’’ that is likely to keep him sidelined until the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the Courier-Post Thursday night.

“It’s not going as fast as everybody would like, but he’s probably still on track … maybe not for the regular season, but for the playoffs,’’ Holmgren said before the Flyers’ game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Pronger had a stabilizing pin inserted in his right hand on March 14 and was told he would need 3 to 4 weeks before returning to the lineup. He returned to practice just a week after the surgery and was defending teammates and taking hard shots at practice as early as 10 days after the surgery.

“He did push it by handling the puck and actually shooting the puck,’’ Holmgren said. ``Nobody likes sitting out and maybe he thought he could come back sooner.’‘

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Pronger to Have Surgery

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that D Chris Pronger will undergo surgery on Tuesday, March 15 to repair a fracture in his right hand, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

“Chris had a CT scan on his right hand on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered,” Holmgren said.  “Our doctors believe surgery is the best route to take with the injury. Surgery will be done Tuesday morning in Cleveland by Dr. Tom Graham. Chris will be able to return to play in 3-4 weeks.”

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Pronger Hurting

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Paul Holmgren says he is not worried.

But Holmgren, at the very least, admitted on Saturday night that “something is going on in there,” inside Chris Pronger’s right wrist.

Pronger sat out Saturday’s mind-boggling loss to the Thrashers, missing his second game in a row. Pronger was wearing a hard cast on his wrist on Saturday, though Holmgren said that was the same apparatus he’s been wearing on-and-off since blocking a shot against the Islanders on Feb. 24.

“There is obviously something going on in there that’s inhibiting the strength of it,” Holmgren said. “If you’re a hockey player and you can’t grip your stick, you’re going to have a hard time.”

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No Doubt About It, The Room Belongs To Pronger

from Sam Carchiddi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren acknowledged Friday that veteran defenseman Chris Pronger had chewed out 23-year-old all-star Claude Giroux after the team’s inartistic, 4-1 win over Edmonton on Tuesday.

Asked what he thought of the situation, Holmgren was blunt.

“I think it’s great,” he told reporters at the Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees.

As reporters entered the locker room after Tuesday’s game, some could hear Pronger shouting, “Some people just don’t learn.”

The Flyers dominated the first period in that win over Edmonton - ending a four-game losing streak - but were soundly outplayed in the final 40 minutes.

“Nobody likes the way we’ve been playing, and it just came to a head in that particular instance, I’m sure,” said Holmgren, whose team hosts Atlanta on Saturday night, a game in which Pronger is questionable because of a sore right hand. “Just got to get on the same page. I’m assuming you’re talking about Chris and Claude, right? Claude Giroux wants to win, but sometimes he needs to hear from the older guys on the team that this is how it’s done.”

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Surgery For Pronger

via Mike Brophy tweet,

Flyers defencman Chris Pronger to have foot surgery today at 1 p.m.

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Pronger Has A Foot Problem

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Fear not, Flyers fans: Pronger’s knee was apparently not impacted on Wednesday night - even though Pronger admits he has never been at 100 percent this season.

Pronger missed the third period after taking a shot to the foot late in the second period. Pronger played the final 53 seconds of the second period and did not return for the third. He played a total of 15:54 over two periods.

The video replays do not show a clear or noticeable shot to the foot.

Unfortunately, all we know for now is that it’s his foot. We have no idea as to the severity, if there is a fracture or any pain or swelling.

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Pronger The Leader Of The Flyers Defense

from Bill Fleischman of Flyers.com,

“He’s the ultimate pro,” Holmgren said. “He’s ready for every practice, every game. I think the younger players see that on a daily basis and have to be impressed.”

With Pronger’s years of experience, he knows how to pace himself. You rarely see him exert needless energy. As Flyers fans noticed in a recent game in Washington, Pronger also knows when to “go”. Late in the first period of the Flyers shootout victory, Pronger pursued the puck into the Washington zone and delivered a jarring check on Jeff Schultz.

“It’s understanding the game, understanding the flow of the game and when you need to do things,” Pronger said. “Going 100 miles an hour for a puck looks good, but if you have to wait for the play, there’s no point. It’s really about reading the play and knowing the defense is trying to do and you adjusting.”

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Pronger Can’t Do That

from CBC,

Don Cherry wasn’t too happy with Chris Pronger’s Sean Avery imitation on Friday.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenceman used an unorthodox way of screening Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff during overtime, waving his hand in front of the netminder’s face, and the Flyers scored seconds later.

But the goal was waved off and Pronger got a penalty, setting the stage for Calgary’s win in a shootout.

Cherry told Hockey Night in Canada viewers on Saturday that the veteran defenceman should have known better.

“This is beneath a guy like Chris,” he said on his Coach’s Corner segment. “You cannot have him doing this stuff.”

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Flyers Beat Writer Wants An Explanation

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull,

Referee Ghislain Hebert has some ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy.

So does the NHL.

Hebert, in his first full season as an NHL referee, needs to be held accountable for the manner in which he made a call Friday, costing the Flyers a victory over visiting Calgary    

But don’t hold your breath.

continued and maybe Carchidi should listen to what Don Cherry said about the play by Pronger.  Don basically stated it was a play someone with the status of Pronger doesn’t make.

In case you were away and want to know what this is all about, you can go to this KK post from yesterday to see videos, explanations, etc.

 

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Video- Pronger Pulls An Avery

Not much video of this play yet, but scroll to the 4:30 mark and you will see Pronger wave his glove in front of the face of Kiprusoff.  The Flyers scored on the play in OT, but goal waived off and Pronger received 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

added 5:07pm, Now a much better video of the play in question.

 

added 4:58pm, Pronger talks about the play, watch the video below…

added 5:10pm, The Flyers broadcasting view of the play is the 2nd video below…

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Pronger Still Recovering From Knee Surgery

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While you would not be able to tell on the stat sheet - Pronger’s plus/minus is 3 - he doesn’t quite look like the stalwart who guided the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals last season. He acknowledged yesterday that his knee still isn’t at 100 percent.

“Did anyone say I was 100 percent?” Pronger asked. “I don’t think I’ve ever said I was 100 percent.”

Pronger, 36, missed the first two games of the season, nursing the injury, but was back for the Flyers’ home opener against Colorado.

Even though the situation is not ideal, Pronger is dealing with the injury as best he can. He was quick to acknowledge his game isn’t where he wants it to be at this point.

“I don’t know where it was supposed to be at this point,” Pronger said. “I think every day it’s getting a little bit better and a little bit stronger. I’m skating, trying to move around more and trying to do a little bit more.

“Some days, I need to take maintenance days. It feels better some days than others.”

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Will Pronger Play?

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Only Chris Pronger knows for sure, and the Flyers’ veteran defenseman played it coy Tuesday after he practiced at the Skate Zone in Voorhees and said his surgically repaired right knee was showing improvement.

Enough for him to play Thursday?

“It’s progressing along and we’ll see,” he said, smiling and repeating the refrain to several questions about his availability against the archrival Penguins.

“He’s like the big toe on your foot,” defenseman Sean O’Donnell said. “Things seem to work a lot better when he’s out there. I know he’s not 100 percent . . . but I think there’s 30 teams that would love to have him as their anchor guy.”

Pronger will practice again Wednesday before a decision is made on whether he plays against the Penguins. During Tuesday’s workout, “we didn’t do a lot of speed stuff, so I don’t think today was a really good day to test his mobility and speed,” O’Donnell said. “But he looked good at everything he tried.”

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Afternoon Line

Rumor has it Pronger has more skates than Imelda Marcos has shoes.

-Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.  More about Pronger who skated today.

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Vintage Time

First a Wayne Gretzky commercial, then a young Chris Pronger and a younger Bob McKenzie at the end of the video.

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Pronger Talks About His Knee

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who had minor knee surgery on July 27, said yesterday he would not be 100 percent for training camp and might not be in the lineup for the season opener.


When the Flyers released the news of the surgery a week later on Aug. 3, general manager Paul Holmgren said: “He will be ready for the start of training camp.”

Pronger, who turns 36 in October, was asked yesterday by Flyers public relations personnel whether he will be 100 percent for camp, which begins Sept. 17. “No. I can tell you that much,” said Pronger, who had “loose bodies” removed from his right knee. “With the amount of atrophy, it is going to take a lot of hard work to build the leg muscles back up.

“Obviously, I will spending a lot of hours in the gym trying to strengthen my knee and the rest of my body. A lot of times when you hurt your knee you walk different and you hurt your back or you hurt your other knee because you are loading that up more. It is really about your body becoming symmetrical again and you’re not overtaxing any one part of your body.”

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Pronger Expected Back For Training Camp After Knee Surgery

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

If Flyers fans are unsettled about the goaltending situation heading into next season, then surely this is not going to make them feel any better.

Chris Pronger underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

“He had some particles floating around in there that were taken out,” general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday. “It wasn’t an issue. He’s back in Canada right now visiting and will be back here next Monday.”

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All Chris Pronger

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Q: What do you think of the Flyers offseason acquisitions so far? (Meszaros, O’Donnell, Shelley and Zheredev)

CP: “I think with Meszaros and O’Donnell, we are obviously trying to shore up our defense pairings and give us a little more depth back there. This will probably take some minutes off Kimmo (Timonen) and I and Coby (Coburn) and Matty (Carle). So it will be able to hopefully roll three sets a little more frequently and keep us a little more sharp and fresh.”

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Pronger On Burish Remarks

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Adam Burish sure picked a funny time to start a rivalry with one of the best defenceman in the NHL.

While his teammates were celebrating their thrilling Stanley Cup victory on the ice at the Wachovia Center Thursday, the fringe NHLer was more worried about dissing Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger. Asked by a reporter what he thought of Pronger, whom many believe could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs even though his team lost, Burish called Pronger and idiot and added if he saw him on the ice he might punch him.

“He had his chance during the series, didn’t he” Pronger said. “Why is he worrying about me instead of celebrating winning the Cup? Boy, it just goes to show how much I was in his kitchen for him to be talking about me five minutes after he wins the Cup.”

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Was The Pronger Trade Worth It?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If the Flyers do come back and win, Tarzan, er, Pronger might be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. Nobody in this final has been more the centre of attention, for good and bad, than the 6-foot-6 rearguard from Dryden, Ont., and a Cup for the City of Brotherly Love would have his name and influence all over it.

That would make last summer’s deal a great one.

But what if the Cup doesn’t go to Philly?

The Flyers paid Anaheim a significant price last summer in the form of 26-year-old winger Joffrey Lupul — a former first round pick who scored 25 goals for the Flyers last year — defence prospect and former first rounder Luca Sbisa, plus first round draft selections in 2009 (Columbus used the selection on talented Kitchener Rangers defenceman John Moore) and 2010. Anaheim also gets a third rounder in Los Angeles later this month.

Really, it was four firsts for the 35-year-old Pronger, 19 years after St. Louis paid five firsts for 26-year-old Scott Stevens. That said, the value of the 2010 picks now owned by Anaheim has already been sharply reduced, with the Flyers dropping to the 29th overall selection by making the final from what would have been the 13th pick.

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Pronger On An Off Day

Chris Pronger answers numerous questions from the media today.

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Pronger Ready To Forget Game 5

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“I’m day-to-day with hurt feelings,” Pronger said sarcastically when asked about the rough ride he received from the Hawks and their fans Sunday night.

How quickly will he be able to put one of the worst nights of his career in the rear-view mirror?

“Real quickly; it’s already gone,” Pronger said. “I don’t remember anything.”

Actually, Pronger remembers how much fun Byfuglien seemed to be having during his breakout performance Sunday night. It clearly did not sit well with Pronger, who much preferred the frustrated and ineffective Byfuglien from earlier in the series.

“I guess he is well-rested,” Pronger said, bringing into focus that Byfuglien had been harassed into submission in the first four games.

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