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Pronger on retiring on his own terms: ‘Very, very few people get a chance to do that’

Mar 6, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

Details are beginning to emerge from Chris Pronger’s exclusive interview with Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy and, given what the 38-year-old rearguard had to say, he may very well have played his last NHL game.

“Everybody wants to go out like a John Elway where he wins two Super Bowls and is able to retire on his own terms,” Pronger said. “Very, very few people get a chance to do that.

“I’m comfortable with where I’m at in the game and my place within the game, and what I’ve been able to accomplish. I don’t have any regrets. I played the game to the best of my ability and the best I knew how.”

The full interview will air in two parts beginning on Wednesday on Sportsnet’s Connected. Part two will air Thursday.

Here’s a teaser:

Pronger is currently on Long Term Injury Reserve, meaning his $4.94 million cap hit is off Philadelphia’s books. Because he signed his deal over the age of 35, retiring would mean the Flyers would be on the hook (cap-wise) for the entirety of the seven-year, $34.55 million deal signed in 2010.

That deal is set to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season.

For more on Pronger and his current situation, check out the Sportsnet website.

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  1. ibieiniid - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    i didn’t watch the vid, but the image on it makes him look more like a hipster NYSE floor-trader (originally from Portland, OR) than a weathered hockey player.

  2. oquintero99 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I guess this is the contract that the Flyers are going to buy out.

    Sorry to see Pronger retire this way. Always been a fan of his. Hope he returns to hockey as a coach or broadcaster. But most important, hopefully he gets better from his concussion symptoms if he still has them.

    • biasedhomer - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Why buy him out?

      If they buy him out, they have to pay him, just won’t count against the cap.
      If they put him on LTIR, they have to pay him, just won’t count against the cap.

      2 players more likely to be bought out are Bryz and Briere. Might be able to find a trading partner for Briere, but no one is going to touch Bryz.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        why would they buy out Bryz. long contract? yes. but he’s been pretty excellent this season and has played almost every game. he’s settling into his spot on his team and i think he only gets better.

      • oquintero99 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Because he signed his deal over the age of 35, retiring would mean the Flyers would be on the hook (cap-wise) for the entirety of the seven-year, $34.55 million deal signed in 2010. Don’t know if the league will allow Pronger to “not retire” and be on the LTIR for 5 yrs

      • friedberg7 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        The league will make the Flyers buyout Pronger. Karma for front loading a contract for a 35 year old player.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Have you ever watched him play in May? They will average 4 goals a game in the playoffs and get bounced in the 1st or 2nd round. They will buy him out this off season.

      • edwelsh8 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        No way the Flyers choose to buy out Briere. If they want to get rid of his cap hit, he is very tradeable since his salary for the last two seasons is way below the cap hit, so there would be a number of teams willing to take him in trade. Unless he decides to use his NMC rights to force a buyout, which is possible.

      • govtminion - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        oquintero99, it’s kind of a shady thing, but that’s probably exactly what the Flyers will do with him. The Bruins have been doing the same thing with Marc Savard for a few years now as well- rather than retire, they just put these guys on LTIR for the season. Seems to be a sketchy loophole, but legal anyway.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        On LTIR the team doesn’t pay him, an insurance company pays him so buying him out makes zero sense. The real question should be will the NHL allow the Flyers to get away with him being on LTIR when it’s clear that’ll he’ll never play in the NHL again?

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      But you can’t buy out an injured player. That is why the rangers were not going to let Redden play in the minors.

  3. xflyersx - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Goddamnit

  4. dkphilly1122 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Pronger should retire whenever HE wants to and is ready to. As Flyer’s fans WE would love to have a healthy Pronger back especially this year, but us Philly fans are also human and want him to have a normal life beyond Hockey. He has sacrificed his body throughout his career and has given it his all for the game. Good luck to him whenever he decides to officially end his great career.

    • itripledogdareyou - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      dkphilly – While I wholeheartedly agree with your sediments on Pronger and feel he’s one of the best players of his generation, I can’t help disagreeing with your take on Philly fans. These are the same people that actively root for Sidney Crosby’s career to be cut short from injury. Every team has some idiot fans, but the idiot fans either out yell or outnumber rational hockey fans in Philly by a wide margin.

      • sgtr0c - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        itrip – Your only proof is your own opinion of who bloggers on a NHL site root for. Doesn’t really mean anything and is not really any level of fact. It is just a blog site.

      • coopjr - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        I Philly fans defense; Crosby is a crybay douche. ;-)

      • itripledogdareyou - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        sgtr0c – I wasn’t basing it on just a blog. Go to a Flyers/Pens game sometime and see for yourself. I went to 2 playoff Flyers/Pens games last year in Philly, 1 in Pitt. Been to a ton of games in both Pitt & Philly between the 2 teams, including in Philly earlier this year. I love the heated rivalry and even like the trash talking. I just don’t like wishing harm on another player. Its classless and embarassing as a hockey fan and this game is too great to be reduced to such vitriol.

  5. flyeredup202 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Pronger was a true leader… something we no longer have…. I hope the find a way to keep him on the staff and to pass on that way of thinking.

  6. friedberg7 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    How will he retire on his own terms? Philly would be crazy to let him retire now and be stuck with his contract until 2016-2017.

  7. timsabourin - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Uncle Chris as he is known in my circle. The last of the old guard, you will be sorely missed.

  8. mungman69 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Pronger has to worry about his head for the rest of his life. His wallet should be fat enough.

  9. aosplayo - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Could be wrong here, but I dont think he is LTIR yet, they don’t have to do it. Now if they acquire someone then they will LTIR, but I think he is counting toward the cap currently. I apologize if Im incorrect here.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      He’s automatically on LTIR because he’s been putting on the injured list so that Philly doesn’t need to take up a roster spot for him. He counts against the cap and then after every game he misses the Flyers get credit in the amount of his salary for that game on their cap….at least that’s my understanding of it.

      • aosplayo - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Thanks, yea that credit thing is weird and happens daily. Heard about it on the radio.

  10. flyeredup - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Good Luck Chris. Get well. No need to play again, you played very well.

  11. dbarnes79 - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Real game changer. Too bad it might end like this.

  12. buddysguys - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    this guy was a BEAST and one of my favorite blue liners ever…..

    however retiring on your own terms?? You lost your peripheral vision …i am pretty sure your retiring because you cant see well enough to play the game anymore. Hence the glasses in the interview.

    Barry Sander retired on his own terms…not Pronger.

    • DonkeyStick - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      You didn’t actually watch the video did you?

      • buddysguys - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Pronger on retiring on his own terms: ‘Very, very few people get a chance to do that’

        what did i miss?

  13. basedrum777 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    One of the dirtiest players of my lifetime. Good riddance.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Was Pronger a dirty player? Maybe so. I can remember watching Byfuglien take crosschecks to his back over and over and there’s no denying that a crosscheck is against the rules.

      However, I don’t think there is one team in the NHL that would pass on Pronger’s grit and tenacity to keep the puck and opposing players out of the blue paint in his prime. One of the best, toughest blue liners in recent NHL history and he will be sorely missed by fans and players alike.

  14. President Charles Logan - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Dustin Byfuglien owned him in the last 4 games of the SC Finals a few years back, he was never the same player after that ……….and that was before the concussions .

  15. jhuck92 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Although I don’t like seeing anyone suffer through injuries or retire because of them, I can’t say I’m going to miss him. And if by some miracle the Flyers win the Cup this season before he retires and while they’re paying his salary, would his name go on the cup?

    • supercoop8 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      A player has to play a set number of regular season games or a game in the playoffs for his name automatically to be added to the cup however the flyers could petition for his name to be added. That is how the Bruins got Savard’s name on.

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