Skip to content

Pronger balancing life as scout and NHLPA member

Sep 14, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Chris Pronger Getty Images

Chris Pronger‘s new role as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers may as well have him being called a double agent.

Thanks to post-concussion syndrome, he’s yet to find his way back on the ice but he’s finding it tricky to be part of both management and a member of the Players’ union as he tells Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com.

“I have yet to be told what my duties are,” said Pronger. “As still an active player and a dues-paying member of the [NHLPA] and all that, I know my role will be somewhat limited still in what I can and can’t do.”

Pronger goes on to say being a scout is “something anyone can do” and he doesn’t see an issue reporting on team’s systems and what players do on the ice. Besides, it’s not as if he’s ever had an issue being straight on any subject.

As for his concussion recovery, it’s slow and he’s still having issues with dizziness. The team will be putting him on long-term injured reserve once again this season so as to not take on his $4.9 million cap hit. He has four years left on his contract with the team.

  1. esracerx46 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    A concussed and out of shape Pronger is still better than half of the flyers blue line.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I think it’s time for him to call it quits. With the injury he’s sustained and how he’s had difficulties with it…it would be best for him to hang it up. Even if he did comeback he wouldn’t be the same force/presence he was on the blueline for over the past ten years.

    • holeecowman - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      r u a noob at hockey he did call quits hes just not announcing it publicly yet hes just giving the flyer the respect to not come out and say it so its doesn’t hurt their cap, are there any pens fans on here older than the Crosby era

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      If your playing career was essentially over, but still had over 12M left on your contract that you’re entitled to, would you just throw it away? I highly doubt it. Same reason Marc Savard hasn’t officially retired yet either.

      Plus, since they’re on the LTIR, their salary doesn’t count towards the cap, so it doesn’t effect the team one bit.

      • tslabjr7 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        I like Pronger being out and scouting for us…

        We have one of the best defensemen of all time picking our defensemen. He was in charge of our first and second round picks this year and with all honesty… I think Morin and Hagg are going to form a shutdown line some day that can get us a cup… Buffalo got a nice tandem of defense men this draft.. but they are common breeds… They did what the penguins did last year and how the penguins drafted common breeds the Flyers passed on.

        There are 4 breeds of defense men and all of them hold value just some are more useful and less common than others.

        First there is a two way offensive defense men. These guys are two way but their main strength is offense… they can be physical. They are not rock solid dominant in the defensive zone, They can hold their own weight but don’t ask for much more… couple examples are Keith Yandle, Shea Weber, Chara Daugherty

        Second there are 2 way defensive. This is the rarest of the 4. The NHL had only 1 in the past 20 years that was good and his name is Chris Pronger. this type of defense men has shut down defensive capabilities superior to almost anyone who steps out onto the ice… although their main strength is defense, a true two way defensive defense men should also be able to contribute on the blue line and that is just what Pronger did. He was a power house for a lot of his career while maintaining his domination ways on defense. Duncan Keith is starting to look like Pronger a bit and brush up on his defensive dominance so this could be the passing of a torch…. but this breed is very hard to breed.

        Third there is an offensive defense men. This is probably the most common type of defense men and is what Pittsburgh, and buffalo stocked up on these past couple years. These guys specialize in blue lining. when you have dominating forwards it may be wise to have quality blue liners… The only problem with these guys is they are known to turn the puck over, and cause goalies nightmares with constant odd man rushing and terrible in zone coverage… these guys are typically less Physical but some can take care of themselves. a few examples of them are Leating, Timonen, Suter, Seabrook, Boumenster, Steight.

        The last kind of defense men is a defensive defense men. these guys are like the last one I mentioned One trick ponies… they only specialize in part of the game and that is defense. these guys more often to not are physical and punishing in their own end. they typically get paired with offensive defense men so an offensive defense men can cover their weight in the attacking end and a defensive guy can do the same in the defensive end. some examples are Scuderi and Luke Schenn. there are many others out there these 2 pop into my head first.

        The Flyers… They have a young defense men in every single one of these categories that has shown signs of promise and flashes of brilliance so far and pronger was the guy that has helped get us these guys. hatcher is our defensive coach and he’s going to develop them good.. him and pronger make a fine team… we have Robert Hagg our 2 way offensive who’s ceiling could be a Shea Weber type of player. Sam Morin who is a 2 way defensive that is going to try and become a Chris Pronger type of player… then we have Shayne Gostisbehere who has the making of a fine offensive defense men in the future. If he could brush up on his defensive skills a bit he could be a Kimo Timmonen. and we saw Schenn last year out on the ice as a defensive defense men complimenting Timmonen. I was pretty happy with that…

        The flyers have a pretty balanced core of defensive prospects and there’s a whole lot more than what I listed… these our just the 3 best ones we have currently… The flyers have a bright future ahead of them if they can develop all of these guys to be quality guys.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        He would be retiring due to an injury sustained while playing, insurance would pay his contract still. He’ll never play hockey again, he knows it, the Flyers know it, everyone knows it, but by holding off on announcing his retirement he’s just doing the Flyers a solid.

      • DonkeyStick - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        @tslabjr7——–The less you say the more meaning it has.

  3. mclovinhockey - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    @esracerx46, to be fair, if your statement is true, that means he is still better than half the leagues D.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    @holeecowman oh look a typical response from a jackass flyers fan

    • laxman1944 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Look in the mirror my man………

  5. davidsmj22 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    @holeecowman if you find any let me know. Been a long time since I’ve seen one.

  6. tslabjr7 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I like Pronger being out and scouting for us…

    We have one of the best defensemen of all time picking our defensemen. He was in charge of our first and second round picks this year and with all honesty… I think Morin and Hagg are going to form a shutdown line some day that can get us a cup… Buffalo got a nice tandem of defense men this draft.. but they are common breeds… They did what the penguins did last year and how the penguins drafted common breeds the Flyers passed on.

    There are 4 breeds of defense men and all of them hold value just some are more useful and less common than others.

    First there is a two way offensive defense men. These guys are two way but their main strength is offense… they can be physical. They are not rock solid dominant in the defensive zone, They can hold their own weight but don’t ask for much more… couple examples are Keith Yandle, Shea Weber, Chara Daugherty

    Second there are 2 way defensive. This is the rarest of the 4. The NHL had only 1 in the past 20 years that was good and his name is Chris Pronger. this type of defense men has shut down defensive capabilities superior to almost anyone who steps out onto the ice… although their main strength is defense, a true two way defensive defense men should also be able to contribute on the blue line and that is just what Pronger did. He was a power house for a lot of his career while maintaining his domination ways on defense. Duncan Keith is starting to look like Pronger a bit and brush up on his defensive dominance so this could be the passing of a torch…. but this breed is very hard to breed.

    Third there is an offensive defense men. This is probably the most common type of defense men and is what Pittsburgh, and buffalo stocked up on these past couple years. These guys specialize in blue lining. when you have dominating forwards it may be wise to have quality blue liners… The only problem with these guys is they are known to turn the puck over, and cause goalies nightmares with constant odd man rushing and terrible in zone coverage… these guys are typically less Physical but some can take care of themselves. a few examples of them are Leating, Timonen, Suter, Seabrook, Boumenster, Steight.

    The last kind of defense men is a defensive defense men. these guys are like the last one I mentioned One trick ponies… they only specialize in part of the game and that is defense. these guys more often to not are physical and punishing in their own end. they typically get paired with offensive defense men so an offensive defense men can cover their weight in the attacking end and a defensive guy can do the same in the defensive end. some examples are Scuderi and Luke Schenn. there are many others out there these 2 pop into my head first.

    The Flyers… They have a young defense men in every single one of these categories that has shown signs of promise and flashes of brilliance so far and pronger was the guy that has helped get us these guys. hatcher is our defensive coach and he’s going to develop them good.. him and pronger make a fine team… we have Robert Hagg our 2 way offensive who’s ceiling could be a Shea Weber type of player. Sam Morin who is a 2 way defensive that is going to try and become a Chris Pronger type of player… then we have Shayne Gostisbehere who has the making of a fine offensive defense men in the future. If he could brush up on his defensive skills a bit he could be a Kimo Timmonen. and we saw Schenn last year out on the ice as a defensive defense men complimenting Timmonen. I was pretty happy with that…

    The flyers have a pretty balanced core of defensive prospects and there’s a whole lot more than what I listed… these our just the 3 best ones we have currently… The flyers have a bright future ahead of them if they can develop all of these guys to be quality guys.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    @laxman1944 I just knew it would be a matter of time before your spewed your garbage on here

  8. alswingman - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    As for actual hockey ability, Pronger had very little. As for spearing guys in the nuts, there was no one better.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Yeah he had no skills……They just award Hart and Norris trophies to average D men every season

Featured video

No lead is safe in the playoffs?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Backes (3308)
  2. M. Duchene (2331)
  3. B. Bishop (2109)
  4. S. Mason (2068)
  5. H. Zetterberg (2066)
  1. T. Oshie (1965)
  2. N. MacKinnon (1926)
  3. R. Getzlaf (1543)
  4. T. Bertuzzi (1533)
  5. B. Seabrook (1436)