Friday, February 5, 2016

Pronger won't nominate himself for 'C'

ON-GOING COVERAGE FROM THE DAILY NEWS: - The Flyers don’t appear to be done yet: The latest on what they might do, including taking a whack at the No. 3 overall pick tonight, trading for Steven Stamkos, re-signing Ville Leino, and who they might pursue in free agency. - Broad Street Bombshell: Full recap of yesterday’s moves, with quotes from Paul Holmgren, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, and Columbus GM Scott Howson. - Why keep the No. 8 (or better) pick is important for the team’s depleted farm system. - Full contract structure disclosed for Ilya Bryzgalov’s 9-year, $51 million deal and what it means for Sergei Bobrovsky. Here's the latest from Chris Pronger:

Pronger won't nominate himself for 'C'

The Flyers´ Chris Pronger is a candidate to be the team´s next captain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
The Flyers' Chris Pronger is a candidate to be the team's next captain. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Having been traded four different times in his career, Chris Pronger could sympathize with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter yesterday.

“The Philadelphia Flyers, it’s all they really know,” Pronger said on Friday in a conference call with reporters. “I’m sure it’s tough for them. It’s always difficult. They play their hearts out in Philly. It sucks as a teammate, you hate to see guys go.”

Pronger himself was surprised. He said he was fishing with his kids “up in the bush” in Canada when he found out. As the heir apparent to Richards’ captaincy, having worn the ‘C’ in St. Louis and Anaheim, Pronger said he hasn’t yet begun to think about that role with the Flyers.

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“I haven’t put that much thought into it, to be honest with you,” Pronger said. “This is all very, very fresh to a lot of us. I’d have to talk to [Paul Holmgren] and [Peter Laviolette] and see what their thoughts are and go from there.

“You don’t nominate yourself. I’ve never been part of a team where somebody nominates himself. I think that may be a little bit premature to start talking about stuff like that.  It’s one day after two huge trades on our team and in the history of the Flyers, so I don’t think that’s in anybody’s minds right now.”

Pronger also couldn’t say for sure whether the Flyers are a better team today than they were yesterday, having not known much about any of the three players the Flyers picked up.

But he did say that it might be too soon to judge, even though the Flyers traded away the heart and soul of their team and their leading goal scorer.

“I haven’t put the Xs and Os together yet,” Pronger said. “I’m sure you guys have looked at it seven ways from Sunday and tried to figure out who wins and who loses. You’ve got to make tough decisions.

“Sometimes it may hurt and may feel like you’re making your team worse to make it better.”

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