Why wouldn't Pronger be in the HOF? He's one of the best players of his generation. I don't see them looking the other way because of some lame salary cap loophole the idiotic NHL has created. Pronger isn't the mastermind behind the league's idiocy.
Because you are eligible 3 years after you retire. Pronger is not retired, therefore he is not eligible. Not sure how they're working that out.
I would take that report with a grain of salt - just like many thought Babs wasn't going to Toronto.
All in all I wouldn't mind seeing Phaneuf in the Winged Wheel - just that we have a few kids from GR that could fill in nicely now that Blashill is coach, and there's also a few worthy UFA's (in particular Dman Cody Franson) that arguably would be a better fit in Detroit instead of Phaneuf (especially on the cap hit).
Anywho - it'll be an interesting draft weekend since the speculation on some Leaf players will be at an all-time high.
Oh, there's enough salt involved to de-ice my driveway, hence the "supposedly," but I'll grab at any little straw I can these days.