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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Chris Pronger agreed to a conference call with hockey writers Monday to discuss the Flyers' season and how it finished.

Someone wanted to know about his injuries, mysterious as they are, and why he didn't play late in the Boston series.

As usual, he played the it's-none-of-your-business card.

Even if there is an undercurrent of playfulness in his remark, he's wrong. He's wrong because Flyers fans, through the press, have every reason to know what it was that caused a $7.6 million defenseman to go absent at the end of a postseason.

It's their business as long as the Flyers market Chris Pronger sweaters and other merchandise. It's their business as long as tickets are being sold to watch top players, and Pronger is on his way to the Hall of Fame.

And even if revealing injury information during the season might compromise a team's chances of winning (doubtful, but possible) the fans of the Flyers deserve at least to know what happened.

Pronger finally relented, saying it was a lower-body injury, then admitting to back issues --- issues that could go more complicated sooon, once he meets with specialists.

But why the run-around?

As long as Pronger is pictured on billboards, the fans have a right to know why he is not in uniform on game night. That's all.

Check out my column on and in the Daily Times Wednesday on Brian Boucher's end-of-season thoughts on another abruptly ended Flyers season.


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