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Chris Pronger moves back to STL, career probably over

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12-07-2012, 09:58 AM
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I appreciated his play on the ice but thought he came off as pompus off the ice. I never really heard anything intelligent out of him during those Cup finals press conferences in 2010, just a guy in a sweatshirt being an ******* on stage. Seeing the Hawks beat him and his team was awesome. That's how I'll always remember him, losing games and darting for the game puck.
all you'll remember him for is that? What about...







Not to mention, a first ballot HOFer. but ya, what a loser...

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12-07-2012, 10:28 AM
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Hey, I said he was great player too. The off ice stuff was just childish and ridiculous. I guess I wouldn't even care about that crap if it wasn't so overblown in the media and by fans as "the key" to keeping his team loose and focused.

Positives I'll remember about Pronger:
-The ridiculous +50 seasons in St. Louis
-The playoff performances, guy was a beast and carried teams deep
-The physical play
-Coming in at a very young age and playing well
-The shot, the guy could tee it up and fire a good shot with uncanny accuracy

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12-07-2012, 10:42 AM
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Really, really dont like the guy but this is still sad and a terrible way to go out. Even though I dislike him with a passion I cant deny how great a player he was and ending his career because of a concussion is disappointing. Sad that he's leaving this way but happy he wont be there to play against anymore.

I still wish him the best in his future and hopefully these concussions dont affect him in any major way for the rest of his life.
was never really a fan of his, but I hope his concussion problems aren't a long term issue for him.

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12-07-2012, 10:44 AM
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A player I've somehow absolutely hated and loved at different times in his career. Nobody can deny the talent.

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12-07-2012, 10:45 AM
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Loved him both on and off the ice.

Except when my team was playing him.

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12-07-2012, 11:05 AM
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An absolute legend of the game. Absolute beast in the Gold Medal game in 2002 and 2010 and constantly performed at the highest levels when it mattered. He brought an element to the game that will be missed. His personality was unique as well, something you hope more Hockey players would be like instead of the boring types 99% of them are. Truly will be missed, hope all works out for you Prongs!

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12-07-2012, 11:14 AM
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Sad to hear this. Pronger was always one of my favourite players. All the best to him in retirement.

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12-07-2012, 11:30 AM
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Didn't really care for him pre or post-Anaheim, but it's always sad to see such a talented guy have to go through that. Still hope he can make a comeback.

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12-07-2012, 11:59 AM
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can´t be that many concusions, can it ? anyone got a video of his latest concus ?

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12-07-2012, 12:04 PM
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Dirty or not, Pronger is one of the best defensemen of all time and a shoo-in for the HOF.
Bit of an overstatement. Probably top 100

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12-07-2012, 12:21 PM
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Bit of an overstatement. Probably top 100
He won a Hart trophy and by and large was Lidstrom's only defensive rival once the previous generation of stars retired. (Leetch, Bourque, Chelios, AlMac, Coffey etc. )

To me, they were on par. A flip of a coin really. What do you prefer? The cerebral guy who was always in position or the tough physical guy who you knew was going to make the other team pay for trying to get into that scoring area.

Forgot Niedermayer.

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12-07-2012, 12:32 PM
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Not sad to see him go at all. He is a product of an old NHL that allowed egregious holding and hooking, and that part of his game never changed. One of the best cheap shot artists I have ever seen play.

Probably one of the most polarizing hockey players over the past 20 years.

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12-07-2012, 12:40 PM
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Dirty or not, Pronger is one of the best defensemen of all time and a shoo-in for the HOF.
Agreed but he'll always be an ******* in my mind.

I'm not happy that his career is ending due to injury but I think its basically karma.

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12-07-2012, 01:14 PM
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To Christopher J. Pronger:


Godspeed and party on!

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Not sad to see him go at all. He is a product of an old NHL that allowed egregious holding and hooking, and that part of his game never changed. One of the best cheap shot artists I have ever seen play.

Probably one of the most polarizing hockey players over the past 20 years.
Pronger is not a product of an old NHL. When the strict enforcement of obstruction began in 2005-06 he led 3 different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals, winning a Cup in 2007. One could argue his calm demeanor in his own end and elite breakout pass was enhanced by the reduction of holding and hooking. With a more aggressive forecheck, the ability of a defenseman to quickly and effectively transition his team to offense became even more valuable

Nonetheless, most likely this move is because Lauren, his wife, wants to close to her family and long-time social circles in St. Louis.

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A player I've somehow absolutely hated and loved at different times in his career. Nobody can deny the talent.
Same here.

Didn't like him much when he was Blue, liked him as an Oiler, hated him as a Duck, loved him as a Flyer.

Weird how that worked out. Anyway, one of the best defencemen to play the game. Ironic that a concussion did him in, considering his reputation for elbowing guys in the head.

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What a great player.... the NHL is worse off without him.

But, things Ill remember:

-Gap between his teeth
-Pronger stomping on Kesler's leg.
-Pronger's numerous elbows
-Picking fights with guys over 6 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than him



Aww, gonna miss this guy. Just one of those great villains to go up against in a playoff series.

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1st ballot Hall of Famer. Wish he never left Edmonton really wanted to party with him

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12-07-2012, 02:44 PM
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I'll never forget the day he walked into my work as I was watching the front desk to have lunch with my boss. It was right after the Ducks had won the Cup so I got to congratulate him in person. Regardless of his antics on the ice, he will always be part of a very special time in my teams history.

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12-07-2012, 02:55 PM
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. It was a 35+ deal. If it wasn't, I don't think anyone would give a damn.
That's what I'm thinking. You're taking a major risk for signing a guy 35+ to a major contract. I mean the Wild probably could put Harding, Bouchard and Backstrom all on LTIR and let their contracts expire without taking a major cap hit this season.

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It's not as if this still doesn't hurt the Flyers though. They lost a number one defenseman that they still have yet to replace. The space also counts against the cap during the off season, which affects the moves that they can make.
Not really. The cap is raised in the summer, so they just work around it. It's a minor issue at best. And if you are counting on a 35+ to play out their contract as a number 1 defenseman, go grab Redden.

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It's not like this has been completely swept under rug like you make it out to be. If there's an amnesty buy-out in the new CBA, you can be assured that the Flyers would almost certainly use it for the Pronger contract.
OR Bryz.

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But you're right, the league should hamper a team for 7 years because of one freak injury that no one could have predicted.
Wait, a concussion is a freak injury? How many did Pronger have been this?

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If anything, the 35+ rule is a bigger joke than LTIR. It stops teams from signing veterans because of this exact situation.
Not really. You can still sign veterans but at small chunks of time.

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Pronger played hockey the way hockey is meant to be played

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Great physician. Pronger Physics changed the game.

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He might be the last defenseman of the type that we ever see. Big, physical, strong, and proficient at pretty much every facet of the game. He was also possibly one of the nastiest mofos to ever play.
You are aware that Zdeno Chara still exists, right?

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Great physician. Pronger Physics changed the game.
Lol, the idea of Pronger as a doctor

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What a great player.... the NHL is worse off without him.

But, things Ill remember:

-Gap between his teeth
-Pronger stomping on Kesler's leg.
-Pronger's numerous elbows
-Picking fights with guys over 6 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than him



Aww, gonna miss this guy. Just one of those great villains to go up against in a playoff series.

How many guys were around his size exactly?

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