Flyers Should Be Scary With Pronger

After these past couple days, the Flyers Chris Pronger trade finally sunk in with the fans. Now some, for an odd reason, still believe this was a bad and/or risky move. My question to you is, why?


Chris Pronger is a world class defensemen who has won already. He has been an MVP. Yes, he is 34, but he’s as durable and reliable as he’s ever been in his career. The fans who are negative on this blockbuster deal are those who were too dedicated to guys like Joffrey Lupul and young Luca Sbisa. 

The fact of the matter is Lupul had too be moved because of the fact he was making over four million this season and was valuable trade bait. Sbisa, was a first-round pick who had a lot of gaps in his game, but he still only 18 years old, he wasn’t going to come in here next season and provide what Pronger is going to this upcoming season.

Then the two first rounders and the conditional pick that Anaheim gets is totally blown out to proportion. A first round pick in the NHL is as much of a crap-shoot as a first-rounder in the MLB draft. You just don’t know what your getting.

Well, in the minds of the Flyers brass, they know exactly who and what their getting in Chris Pronger. He’s a monster at 6-6 who plays ferocious hockey, he’ll gain more penalty minutes with the Flyers, yet, they won’t be Scottie Upshall type penalties that can cost his team a game.

“He brings so many things to our team – size, experience, attitude, leadership. He’s the complete package. We liked our back end before, we really like it now,” Coach John Stevens said.

And that’s nothing against Scottie.

The move can backfire, as can any other trade or signing that goes on from today until next June. Another quality that Pronger will bring is the ‘no excuses’ attitude. Pronger will not make excuses for bad play or referee’s questionable calls that might have cost them a win.

The defensive pairing will now be the tricky part for head coach John Stevens. Will he stick with the pairings of Timonen-Parent on the first line, and have the second look like Pronger-Coburn. That would be the teams best option. There will most likely be points where Pronger and Timonen will pair up like power play situations. Pronger’ scoring 74229022CP066_Game_5_Ottawa_11_57_13_PMprowess will contribute to an already dominant special teams.

 If we’re now comparing the Flyers team with the addition of Pronger to the Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins, then here’s how to look at it.

The Flyers now have a shutdown defensemen for both the top lines on Pittsburgh. Timonen has always been known to stop the superstars, and he has done a superb job with Sidney Crosby in the past, so that stays put.

The problem child for the Flyers lately has been Evgeni Malkin. Guys like Luca Sbisa, and Randy Jones were the ones who stuck with the big Russian. Pronger will now bring his hard-hitting presence to annoy and worry Malkin.

“To add a guy like Chris is great,” said probable linemate Braydon Coburn. “I am excited to watch him play and learn from him and see him on an every day basis. The guy has been the MVP of the league and has done so many great things. He is a future hall-of-famer. To learn from a guy like that is going to be great.”

Once training camp starts this becomes a low-risk high reward move for the Flyers. This move has solidified the Flyers as automatic favorite for this years Stanley Cup. If Ray emery can hold the fort down than this team is poised for a big run.


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