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Chris Pronger | Defenseman

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
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Chris Pronger has officially joined the NHL's department of player safety.
We've long since known that Pronger's players days are unfortunately over. He will continue to get paid by the Flyers, as per his contract, despite the fact that he will also be working for the league. Oct 10 - 7:01 PM
Source: NHL.com

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Even now, Chris Pronger still has lingering effects from his concussion.

The good news is that he is getting better. "I still can be symptomatic if I overdo it, but I've been pretty steady with the eye therapy and making some pretty good progress," Pronger said. "There are still two or three issues with the eye that I'm having trouble with. I think that's the root of a lot of the issues is the eye, and that's creating a lot of the head stuff. But other than that, I've been pretty good." Pronger will not be returning to the NHL as a player.
Mar 5 - 9:55 AM

Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren confirmed that Chris Pronger will never play hockey again during an interview with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.

"I'll say it, Chris is never going to play again," said Holmgren. "I have no problems saying it." It's been widely believed for a while that Pronger's playing days were over, but the Flyers had never made a definitive statement regarding the future of their former captain. Pronger has not played since Nov. 19, 2011. It will be interesting to see if Philadelphia incurs any salary cap issues now that they've admitted that Pronger won't be back. Since he hasn't retired and he gets placed on a long-term injured reserve it allows the Flyers to have flexibility under the salary cap. If he were to retire then Philadelphia would be responsible for his full $4.9-plus million cap hit.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Chris Pronger is preparing to act as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, but as a technically active player, he wants to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

"I'm not saying I can't [do this]," Pronger said. "There's a lot of things I would rather not know. I don't think I need to be part of a lot of things that go in management's office. Still being part of the PA and still being a player on the team and all the rest of that stuff. Scouting is something anybody can do. Putting in reports on teams and systems is something I don't see a problem with [doing]." Pronger is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms and isn't expected to ever play again, but he's still signed through 2016-17. He can't retire without leaving the Flyers with a cap penalty, so instead he'll continue to get paid and be placed on the long-term injured reserve list when the season begins.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Chris Pronger spoke about the struggles, which included depression, he's dealt with during his recover from an inadvertent stick to his right eye.

Pronger hasn't played in 16 months, as the incident left him with vision loss and severe concussion symptoms. "You get headaches, you're not wanting to do anything, you sit around, you can't work out, you get depressed," said. "You try to work out and you get nauseous, a headache, you want to lay down. It's an awkward feeling, and it's something that when you haven't experienced it before you really don't understand what it is that these guys are talking about. I guess the biggest part is the depression and how you feel about yourself and how you feel about the injury. How dark you go down." Doctors are unsure if he'll ever regain his peripheral vision and he is still dealing with headaches -- even after a news conference -- when he has any physical activity.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Chris Pronger hasn't given up on the possibility of playing hockey again.

That being said, Pronger is 38 years old, hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011, and is still dealing with concussion-related symptoms. He has had difficulty doing activities that raise his heart rate. In addition he's continually getting strong prescription of glasses and is dealing with diminished peripheral vision. So a comeback doesn't seem likely, but Pronger isn't ready to retire yet. It's worth noting that Pronger comes with an annual cap hit of $4,935,714 and because he signed it over the age of 35, he'll stay on the Flyers' books if he retires. However, if he doesn't retire, the Flyers can get around his cap hit by keeping him on the long-term injured reserve list.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 01:14:00 PM

Chris Pronger spoke with Sportsnet's Dan Murphy in an interview recently that will air in a two-part series beginning Wednesday night in Canada.

Pronger was struck in the eye on Oct. 24, 2011 by an errant stick, which resulted in an ocular concussion and he hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011. "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." Pronger also touched on his current state and the subject of retirement when he said: "It's gotten a little better. I can leave the house and go do stuff. If I do too much, I may get a headache. Occasionally, if I start to feel a bit better and I do a bit more, I get nauseous. Everyone wants to go out like a John Elway, where he wins two Super Bowls and retires on his own terms. Very, very few people get a chance to do that."
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Chris Pronger will not be on the ice but will still attend the Philadelphia Flyers’ condensed training camp this week.

The 38-year-old suffered an ocular concussion and hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011. It has been widely believed for quite some time that his playing days are over because of post-concussion syndrome.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 02:49:00 PM

As some expected, players on the long-term injured reserve won't be eligible for the special CBA buyouts, according to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio.

That applies to significant cap cloggers such as Chris Pronger and Marc Savard. It's not especially surprising, yet teams in those binds probably would've liked an easier way out amid changing times.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 02:26:00 PM

The Flyers could be in rough shape if the new CBA imposes contract-variance limits.

This seems like an inevitability in order to prevent teams from circumventing the cap. Over the last seven years, the Flyers, the biggest culprit, have given out 22 major deals, with only seven conforming to a 20 percent variance. In fact, the average on the 15 contracts is 30.2 percent. The Flyers' worst contract was that given to Chris Pronger: a seven-year, $34.45 million pact signed when he was 35. It began with a $7.6 million salary and would end with $525,000 over its last two years.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:03:00 AM

GM Paul Holmgren said that Chris Pronger's status remains "status quo," meaning he is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms.

The only improvement the Flyers defenseman has benefited from is that the frequency between his headaches is longer now. Pronger hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011 and it has been widely believed for quite some time that his playing days are over.
Source: CSN Philly
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 12:13:00 PM

Chris Pronger (concussion) has shown some improvement recently, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren added that Pronger's still not at the point "where he can think about playing." It's even too soon to tell if Pronger will be able to try skating in the near future. Still, any report of progress is great under the circumstances. He hasn't played since November because of post-concussion syndrome and it's not clear if he'll be able to play in 2012-13.
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 02:12:00 PM

Chris Pronger is scheduled to visit the Flyers' training facility for testing next week.

Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren said Pronger will not take to the ice though and that the he was still experiencing headaches. He hasn't played since November because of post-concussion syndrome and his return for this year is in question.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 11:46:00 AM

Chris Pronger is currently helping out the Flyers organization by watching videos of players and attending scouting meetings.

Pronger is still battling headaches and is having "good days and bad days," according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. It's unclear if he will be able to play at all next season because of post-concussion syndrome.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 08:23:00 AM

Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren provided a minor update on the status of Chris Pronger and it doesn't appear as though much has changed in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

"I saw him this morning," Holmgren said. "He continues to have some good days and then some bad days. So I don't know if that's any update. He struggles." The Flyers general manager is still trying to be optimistic that Pronger will play next season, but he said that right now it's too early to predict that and the team will wait to see how Pronger progresses over the summer. There's no timetable for his return.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 04:15:00 PM

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