Pronger weighs in on Flyers' defense & inconsistencies

Pronger weighs in on Flyers' defense & inconsistencies

March 8, 2013, 12:15 pm

Chris Pronger never ducked a tough question as a Flyer in evaluating the team and he still doesn’t duck it as an injured player watching national games on television.
 
So what does he think about the 2012-13 Flyers?
 
“I think it's consistency,” Pronger said. “You look at our team. We're a young team. When you're young, you're going to make mistakes. I think at the end of the day it's what you do with those mistakes.
 
“It's how you learn from them, how you correct them. I think the biggest thing with consistency is it's not always the same guy making the mistakes. It's different guys. There always seems to be something happening.
 
“But when you take the body of work, if you take the first seven or eight games out of the equation ... we've got a pretty good record.”
 
Mental mistakes are exactly what coach Peter Laviolette and defenseman Kimmo Timonen have singled out as the Flyers' biggest obstacle to winning consistently.
 
And what about the Flyers' defense?
 
“I would say they're like the rest of the team,” Pronger said. “We're just a little inconsistent right now with mistakes. It's not always the same guy making the mistakes. I think we need to just make the game simple.
 
“A lot of teams that I've seen, not just our team, when you start with the condensed season and lack of training camp, when you try to get too cute and always make the perfect play, it's not always there.
 
“It's OK to throw it off the glass once in awhile. The whole purpose of playing defense is to not let the other team score. It isn't always make the perfect pass. I think if we just adhere to the KISS [Keep It Simple, Stupid]. I think we'll be good.”
 
Ironically, Timonen gambled in the third period on Thursday, trying to make a play with a puck where there was no play.
 
It cost the Flyers dearly as Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz broke a 4-4 tie. That goal became the game-winner.
 
Pronger’s agent, Pat Morris, told CSNPhilly.com that besides Pronger's work as a scout for the Flyers, he has helped talked to prospects, offering them advice and counsel. He spent more than three hours this season talking with prospect Scott Laughton.
 
Pronger, however, doesn’t see himself as a full-time scout.
 
“I'm just kind of helping out right now,” he said. “I watch some of our games and just give him some feedback on things [they] might want to work on. Or help players out. See little things on the ice that might help them out. That's pretty much what I'm doing right now.”

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