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  • Chris Pronger bends the rules one last time

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago

    Chris Pronger was asked about it several ways, but he wasn’t going to acknowledge it. 

    How surreal it was to still have an active NHL contract and be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. How surreal it was to actually have been involved in an NHL trade less than 48 hours before his selection. How surreal it was to have the gatekeepers to immortality change their bylaws to grant him access, because his circumstances – a stick to the head in 2011 and post-concussion syndrome ended his career, but not his contract – were extraordinary.

    "I think nothing I've done has been the easy way. I guess this would follow suit,” was the best he could muster.

    All of it must be humbling for Pronger. And awkward. And frustrating. Were it not for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has more loophole’s than grandma’s knitting, the games being played with his contract would cease. Were it not for the injury, he would still be patrolling a blueline somewhere, elbows out, stick ready to turn opponents into a kabob.

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