Thread: News Article: Pronger's contract investigated
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08-03-2009, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyersJunky View Post
While the bolded part is technically correct... In essence the Timonen and Hartnell deals really fit the bill for being free agent signing... And I would argue that Pronger is kinda/sorta one also. The Flyers were competing against projected suiters next season for Pronger; the Flyers will pay him a high salary in all probability on the lines of an open market dealing... minus some HT discounting and security benefits that Pronger is getting with an early deal.

While you are correct, the big market Flyers still taking big plunges... only they are doing so in a more creative manner, as the Timonen, Hartnell and Pronger deals have proven. IMO, we have to admire them for that.
Which is why I said you can include Timonen and Hartnell.

As to Pronger, however, he explicitly cannot be included in any discussion of free agent signings. They traded multiple assets for him (with one year remaining on his contract) and then signed him to an extension specifically so they would not have to compete against other teams on a contract. Now, they certainly were working that contract out in the pool of contracts that other teams are signing, but Chris Pronger was not an UFA.

Are the Flyers an aggressive team trying to compete? Absolutely, but they haven't been a team out aggressively on the open market helping to drive up prices since the summer of Briere, Timonen, and Hartnell.

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