Pronger transformed teams into Stanley Cup contenders

Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on from the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at...

Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on from the draft floor during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

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In a week that was hijacked by the weasels, the statement by Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren that concussed defenceman Chris Pronger "is never going to play again," probably didn't get the notice it deserved.

We all figured that was the case, but to hear a definitive point put on it with Holmgren's quote to The Hockey News apparently puts some closure on the playing career of a generational defenceman who, merely by his presence in the salary cap era, made teams Stanley Cup contenders.

He was on the Edmonton Oilers blueline when they went to the final in 2006, won the Cup with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2007 and went to the final with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

 


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