Climb into playoff race must begin vs. Calgary
By Derrick Goold
Of the Post-Dispatch
Yet reports generated in Toronto have the Blues shopping defenseman
Chris Pronger. Utter nonsense, said several sources with knowledge of
the Blues' plans. When the idea was first reported on a Canadian
cable sports channel, even Pronger's agent got involved in tracking
Now the report is making its way around the NHL, presumably via
scouts and media. It has not gained any truth on its journey. The
rumor was and remains fiction, some wishful tea-leaves reporting.
Pronger, 29, is in the final year of his contract, but as a
restricted free agent the Blues can qualify him at his current
salary, $9.5 million. (Pronger also would automatically receive a
$500,000 signing bonus.) He and his agent were interested in
discussing an extension at the start of this season. Blues general
manager Larry Pleau declined, preferring to wait out the season for a
number of reasons, including the expiring collective bargaining
agreement and Pronger's risky wrist surgery.
Pleau does not comment on speculation, particularly trade rumors.
Still, it is believed the Blues plan on re-signing Pronger at his
qualifying offer or to a longer-term contract this summer.