10/09/2014 08:07 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

Chris Pronger hired by NHL Department of Player Safety: reports

The NHL Department of Player Safety has hired Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger, according to multiple media reports.

Pronger, who has three seasons remaining on his contract with the Flyers that carries an annual cap hit around $4.9 million US, has not played since the 2011-12 season and has been on long term injury reserve (LTIR) since.

Reports indicate that Pronger has not retired and will continue to receive pay from the Flyers, but also that the team will not be be hit with a salary cap penalty.

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