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12-06-2012, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MillerTime2181 View Post
Main board has a brief article on Pronger moving back to St. Louis....they are running with it as if his retirement is imminent.
The move to St. Louis was mentioned a few weeks ago. Bill Meltzer touched upon the Pronger situation today (Dec. 6) in his column on HockeyBuzz:

* Chris Pronger: There has not been an official update on Pronger in several months. What is known is that the player continues to suffer from bouts of post-concussion symptoms, though reportedly there was some progress in terms of reduced frequency. He has moved back to the St. Louis area with his family. The chances of him being able to play NHL hockey again are virtually nil.

It remains to be seen if there will be any changes in the NHL's over-35 contracting rules and/or long-term injured reserve rules in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In the now-expired agreement, Pronger's salary would count against the Flyers' cap if he were to announce his retirement. It would not matter that the retirement was due to a career-ending injury that had nothing to do with his age. In order to avoid his cap hit on their in-season cap, Pronger would have to remain on the roster. The Flyers would then have to place him on long-term injured reserve each season for the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2016-17.

There has been talk of an amnesty provision being part of a final CBA. If the over-35 rules remain unchanged, Pronger would be a potential amnesty candidate. I don't think the Flyers would use an amnesty option on Ilya Bryzgalov for the simple reason that Michael Leighton is the only other NHL-ready goaltender in the entire system right now. I'll discuss Bryzgalov's situation in the days to come following a lockout resolution.

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