▶ Pronger hired by NHL
Former all- star defenceman Chris Pronger has joined the National Hockey League’s department of player safety. NHL senior vice- president for player safety Stephane Quintal made the announcement Friday. Pronger hasn’t technically retired, and the former NHL MVP is still being paid by the Philadelphia Flyers through 2017, even though he hasn’t played in the league since 2011. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said this week that he would have no problem with Pronger working for the league while on the Flyers’ payroll. “Chris’s case is unique,” Bettman said.