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Chris Pronger | Defenseman | #20

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (43) / 10/10/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 220
Drafted: 1993 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers' front office.
Pronger's seven-year, $34,550,000 contract expired following the 2016-17 campaign, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to play since 2011 due to concussions. Although his playing career ended sooner than hoped, he still had a spectacular run and now he'll be able to contribute in other ways with Florida. He'll be working with general manager Dale Tallon. Thu, Jun 22, 2017 09:49:00 AM

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Chris Pronger was moved to long-term injured reserve by the Coyotes on Monday.

The transaction cleared some cap space to help the team accommodate minor-league call-ups Tyler Gaudet and Anthony DeAngelo. The move won't bother Pronger, who won't play again because of concussions.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 03:25:00 PM

Ryan Getzlaf has fond memories of former teammate Chris Pronger.

Pronger is entering the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. He and Getzlaf won a Stanley Cup together with the Ducks in 2007. "The biggest thing with him when he got here was accountability," said Getzlaf. "Anyone who has played with him knows he treats everybody the same. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s a certain standard he likes to hold in the locker room. It helped push us over the edge. He was an outstanding player on the ice, but that presence he brought was second to none."
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Chris Pronger was indeed elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Pronger, who was recently traded to the Coyotes and still has two seasons left on his contract, played 1,167 games in 18 NHL seasons where he compiled 698 points and 1,590 penalty minutes. He won the Hart Trophy and Norris Trophy in the same season (2000) and he was a member of the Triple Gold club. Pronger hasn't played since Nov. 19, 2011 because of concussion issues, which made him eligible for the honor to head to the Hall of Fame
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Chris Pronger is expected to be a slam dunk for the next class of players going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Pronger still hasn't officially retired from the game because of contractual reasons but he hasn't played since 2011-12. The rugged blueliner was one of the most feared players in the NHL. His combination of size and offensive ability was just a few of the things that made him great. Pronger, now 40, scored 157 goals, 698 points and 1590 penalty minutes in 1167 career NHL games.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 02:05:00 PM

The Arizona Coyotes are much closer to the cap floor with the deal for Chris Pronger.

Pronger's career is over due to concussions but he still has a couple of seasons left to be paid on his contract and while it will cost the Coyotes only $575,000 in actual money, the cap hit is $4,941,429 in each season. The Coyotes were about $18.6 million shy of the $52.8 million cap floor at the start of the weekend, so this does not hurt their cause.
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 06:32:00 AM

The Arizona Coyotes made a move to the salary cap floor by trading Sam Gagner for Chris Pronger's deal and Nicklas Grossmann.

Pronger's low salary and near-$5 million cap hit clearly appeal to the cash-conscious Coyotes, so that allowed the odd deal to take place. It obviously doesn't do a lot for Arizona as far as its on-ice product goes, though.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 04:29:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 07:01:00 PM

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.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 09:55:00 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

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