PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Danny Briere signed the richest free-agent deal in Flyers history. Chris Pronger was acquired for two first-round draft picks.
Both players have been worth the investment now that Philadelphia is in the Stanley Cup final. Briere leads the Flyers with 11 goals this postseason and Pronger has been the dominant defender - and agitator - the Flyers have counted on.
Briere scored and Pronger had an assist in Philadelphia's 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3. That cut the Blackhawks' series lead to 2-1. Game 4 is Friday night in Philadelphia.
Pronger has embraced his role as series villain.
The pair are hoping to win Philadelphia's first Stanley Cup since 1975.