Chris Pronger D ARI 11 months ago

Pronger was dealt to the Coyotes over the weekend along with defenseman Niklas Grossmann in exchange for forward Sam Gagner, a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 or a third-round pick in 2017, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

Pronger's playing career came to an end during the 2011-12 season due to post-concussion issues and an eye injury, but he still has two years remaining on the seven-year, $34.5 million contract he inked with the Flyers in the summer of 2009. His contract will cost the Coyotes just $575,000 over the next two seasons, but he still carries a cap hit of just under $5 million, which will help Arizona in their attempt to meet the league's salary-cap minimum. The 40-year-old Pronger, who was hired by the NHL last season, is eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week.

Chris Pronger D ARI 2 years ago

Pronger (concussion) has accepted a position to work in the NHL's Department of Player Safety, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

Pronger hasn't played in a game since Nov. 19, 2011 and has no plans to return to professional hockey due to his recurring concussion symptoms, but a job with the NHL would seem to be an obvious conflict of interest while he continues to receive paychecks from the Flyers. The 39-year-old remains on the Flyers' payroll until the end of the end of the 2016-17 season, after signing a seven-year, $35 million deal with the club in 2009. He was placed on the team's long-term injured reserve list following training camp.

Chris Pronger D ARI 2 years ago

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.

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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, 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.

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

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.

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

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.

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

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."

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

Chris Pronger was activated from the IL on Friday January 18.

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

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.

Chris Pronger D ARI 3 years ago

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