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[October 11, 2014]  Oct 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Chris Pronger is joining the NHL's Department of Player Safety while technically still under contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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 Flyers.

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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 Dan Boyle.

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 weeks.

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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 this week.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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