Pronger regains strength in his leg

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Aug 172010

August 17 Camden Courier-Post

“For a man rehabbing six days a week from arthroscopic knee surgery while being investigated for signing a contract that allegedly circumvents the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Chris Pronger sure smiles a lot.

Maybe it’s because he’s not as worked up about either issue as those around him.

Three weeks removed from surgery to clean out “loose chunks” in his right knee, Pronger said Monday he is slowly regaining strength in his right leg but will not begin skating until it is as strong as his left.

The Flyers open training camp on Sept. 17, and there’s a good chance Pronger won’t begin skating until October. The Flyers open the regular season Oct. 7 in Pittsburgh.

“The doctor told me my knee looks very good,” said Pronger,whose only other surgery on his right knee came in 2002 when he had his anterior cruciate ligament repaired. “Once I get the two legs even (in strength), I’ll be ready to start skating. I don’t have a timetable on it. When it’s ready, it’s ready.”

Meanwhile, the NHL is reportedly looking into the seven-year contract extension Pronger signed with the Flyers last summer after his trade from Anaheim.

Pronger, who will turn 36 on Oct. 10, will make $7.6 million in each of the next two seasons. His salary will decline over the subsequent five seasons in this order: $7.2 million, $7 million, $4 million, $525,000 and $525,000.

If Pronger plays through the duration of the contract he will be 42 at its end and that is the crux of the NHL’s investigation into several “diveback” contracts, in which players are expected to retire before they reach the final years of their current deals.

“I very well could be playing at 42 — you never know,” Pronger said. “I’m out of that (investigation). I play. I leave that up to my agent (Pat Morris) and Homer (Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren).”

According to USA Today, if the league determines a team circumvented the CBA, it can be fined up to $5 million and commissioner Gary Bettman can strip them of draft picks.”

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