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Get used to Chris Pronger - 7-7-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Sportsnet is reporting new Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (above, with general manager Paul Holmgren) has agreed to a seven-year contract extension. According to the report, the deal is worth a total of $35 million and will average out to a $5 million annual hit against the salary cap.

EN Says: Obviously, Pronger, 34, won't serve out that entire deal, but where is the wisdom in committing to a long-term contract like this for an older player? Especially when the NHL's salary cap could be lowered in upcoming seasons?

Pronger's a nice short term addition to the Flyers, especially at $5 million a season, but his contract is going to hinder this team in six or seven years.

(Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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