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Chris Pronger

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  1. Grebinator

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    I was watching Pronger highlights on YouTube and it got me thinking. Who in today’s NHL is most like Pronger or who has the potential to end up like him?

    He truly was one of the best all around defenseman to play the game and he also had one hell of a mean streak.

     
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    Nobody. Maybe Buff. Pronger played a game within the game, and nobody seems to that anymore sadly
     
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    Pronger was unique. I dont think we will see another Pronger in the league again. He had the refs in his pocket all game, he was dirty, gritty, and controlled the tempo of the game. I havent seen another defenseman do that. To slow the game to their pace.

    He was without doubt one of the best the game has seen.
     
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    Smartest hockey player I've ever seen play. Very charismatic on and off the ice. Great leader. OF all the hockey players ive ever seen , he probably had more intangibles than anyone.
     
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    Shutdown dman with a phenomenal outlet pass who never wasted his efforts and moved with a purpose and excelled on power play?

    No one. If you take away imposing physical play and mean streak you end with lidstrom. I know Ryan Suter has similar rep, but I have never seen him take over the game nor his playoff stats even indicate he is capable of doing it.
     
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    Honestly nobody. Nobody has the complete package that Pronger had, dude was one of the greatest of all time.

    One of the craziest things in all sports is that he took 3 completely different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first year with them.
    05-06 Edmonton Oilers
    06-07 Anaheim Ducks
    09-10 Philadelphia Flyers
     
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    And his career was ended by Mikhail friggin' Grabovski's carelessness with his stick. I remember watching that game on tv and hearing Pronger's reaction somehow picked up through the mics. I knew then it was bad, but just not how bad. Man I hate thinking about that.
     
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    The eye injury didn't end his career. Yes, it added to his issues, but it was PCS, namely a collision with Hanzel that ended it
     
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    Given that the game has softened considerably I'd be comfortable saying we've seen the last of his type.

    But man, he was some sorta special. Top 5 D man in my lifetime.
     
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    If Hedman develops a nasty streak later in his career he could be the closest comparable. Thats about it.
     
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    Leading the defense of 3 different organizations to the Stanley Cup in 5 years is an incredible achievement.
     
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    And every team he left missed the playoffs the following season.
     
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    How about making Carlyle into a Stanley cup coach?
     
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    Physically maybe, but Buff is "Simple Jack" compared to Pronger out there. There isn't anyone in the game today with his combination of smarts, size, meanness, stamina, and offensive skill. And there were very few who ever had a comparable mix.

    He is what is meant by a "generational talent."
     
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    Nobody nowadays is anywhere near Pronger, if I had to give an answer on a way smaller scale I’d say Doughty, but that’s even a reach, Pronger was an absolute monster I was elated when Philly landed him
     
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    Wasn't it the Grabovski stickhit that started the PCS?
     
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    From what I remember reading, it was just a combination of the concussions he had sustained over his career. The eye injury make it a lot worse and then a collision with Hanzel was the knock out blow that ended it
     
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    He said that his peripheral vision has gone to ****ter as well.
     
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    There's a same thread on main boards and I learned that Weber is most like him and Hedman plays smarter stay at home game than Pronger.
     
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    Someone is going to take your sarcasm the wrong way.
     
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    Looking at this it seems like he came back too early from the eye injury while still having PCS and then the Hanzal hit was the coup-de-grace. SI Vault feature: The painful end of Chris Pronger's career

     
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    Oh yes. Once again, the Flyers medical staff brought a player back too early from an injury.
     
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    Lindros..
    Primeau..
    Pronger..

    Not just players, but Captains. Sickening.
     
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    Mason? After all his coach quit as a result.
     

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