Ever since Chris Pronger was ruled out for the season, there have been many questions. First off, is he going to retire? A report does suggest he is considering it.
What can the Flyers do to fill his spot? Can they even do anything financially?
Via Pro Hockey Talk: Pronger’s contract is a 35-and-over deal that comes with a cap hit of $4.9 million for the next five seasons.
What does this mean? It means that whether Pronger plays or not, the cap hit is going nowhere. So is there anything the Flyers can do?
Yes, there is a way.
Rather than seeing Pronger retire and leave a cap hit the team can’t do anything about, they can keep him on the roster and put him on LTIR to free up his cap hit to make use of. [Pro Hockey Talk]
The Flyers used this "loophole" to their advantage in the Ian Laperriere situation.