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Dreger: Debate brewing over Pronger's contract

Darren Dreger
7/8/2009 11:20:32 AM
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If Chris Pronger retires with term and salary remaining on his contract after next season, does his money stay on the Flyers' cap?

There's some confusion today in Philadelphia over that simple question.

According to the NHL, the answer is yes. The seven-year, $35 million extension Pronger agreed to on Tuesday doesn't commence until after June 30, 2010. Pronger will be 35 at that point and any remaining salary will remain on the cap.

The Flyers disagree and interpret the CBA language governing the "over 35" clause differently.

Sources say the Flyers' lawyers are now aware of the league's stance and are debating this issue.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, in response to the debate over Pronger's contract, told TSN, "We are prepared to deal with any and all ramifications, positive or negative, that come with any long-term contract."

Chris Pronger turns 35 on October 10, almost a full year before his seven-year extension with the Flyers kicks in.


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