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Should The NHL Respond To The Chris Pronger Hiring?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

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....

The league did nothing - and nothing to quell the clamoring from fan bases who know this situation reeks. In fact, they decided to overlook their own Collective Bargaining Agreement, specifically Article 26, which states that no player paid by a team may also work for the league.

In hiring for a position designed to uphold the rules, the NHL broke one of its own - and then skated away like nothing ever happened.

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redxblack's avatar

Thank you for posting this. I’ve seen nothing about this elsewhere, and it’s a really flipping big deal for a lot of reasons.

Yes, it is a contract violation. Yes, the Flyers have yet to complete their obligation to Pronger. But most importantly, Pronger in player safety is possibly the worst name to associate with responsible, clean play and supplemental discipline.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/13/14 at 11:02 AM ET

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