Pronger, a five-time NHL All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist
and Stanley Cup champion defenseman, has not played since November
2011 because of concussion issues. But with three years remaining on
his contract with the Flyers, Pronger cannot just walk away because
he's due the money left on his contract and his retirement would
affect the team's salary cap.
The 39-year-old played in 1,167 career games with the Hartford
Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and the
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The Montreal Canadiens assigned forward Tim Bozon, who has battled a
life-threatening disease, to his junior team Kootenay of the Western
Hockey League on Friday.
Bozon, 20, fought neisseria meningitidis -- a bacterial disease that
attacks the lining of the brain, spinal cord and blood stream --
late in the 2013-14 WHL regular season. He spent nearly a month in
the hospital after being admitted on March 1.
"Tim Bozon has come a long way. He fought a life-threatening disease
with courage and determination and we are pleased with what he
accomplished in the last few months," general manager Marc Bergevin
said in a statement.
"However, with his progression having been diminished due to
illness, we feel that one of the priorities for his long-term
development is for him to fully regain his physical strength. We
believe that joining the Kootenay Ice in the WHL is the right
decision at this time as it will allow Tim to fully recover."
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The New York Rangers recalled defenseman Michael Kostka from
Hartford of the American Hockey League on following the injury to
The Rangers needed a defenseman after Boyle suffered a broken hand
in the Rangers' 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues to open the season
Thursday night. The injury is expected to keep Boyle out four to six
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Kostka, 28, had four goals and 11 points in 28 games last season
with the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
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New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner is out indefinitely after
having sports hernia surgery Thursday, according to Newsday. Fox
Sports reported Grabner will be miss four to six weeks.
Grabner had 12 goals and 26 points in 64 games last season.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled defenseman Scott Harrington from
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
Harrington, 21, was one of Pittsburgh's final roster cuts earlier
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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