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Pronger's new season begins with new role

After missing 77 games last season, Chris Pronger is back for the Blues. And he's a letter lighter.

Updated: September 17, 2003, 1:50 PM ET
By Tom Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

"C'' is for comeback, not captain.

A half hour before the St. Louis Blues opened camp on Monday, Chris Pronger stunned his teammates by announcing that he wanted the ''C'' to stay on permanent loan to fellow defenseman Al MacInnis.

"I need to work on being healthy and trying to help the team that way,'' Pronger said, smiling and relaxed. "For now, I think it's in the team's best interest that Al remain captain."

Pronger was on hiatus last season in body, mind and monogrammed ...

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