Philadelphia Flyers fans took to Twitter and Facebook this week, reporting that they saw a large moving van in front of Chris Pronger’s Haddonfield house on Wednesday, furthering speculation that the defenceman is calling it a career.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren strongly refuted the social-media rumour that Pronger, an Ontario native, is retiring and moving to St. Louis with his family.
“There’s no truth to him retiring,” Holmgren told Philly.com on Thursday night.
Holmgren explained that Pronger, who missed most of the 2011-12 season with post-concussion syndrome and also suffered an eye injury and a knee injury, is hoping to recover and return to the ice next season. Pronger is still experiencing headaches, the GM said.
Because of an illness in his wife’s family, the Prongers will spend some time in St. Louis, Holmgren told the site.
If Pronger retired, the Flyers would still be on the hook for his $4.9 million cap hit.
The 2000 Hart Trophy winner has amassed 698 points in 1,167 games.