It seems it's "three years from last game" and has nothing to do with the fact that he's still under contract. As such, he could go in as soon as 2015 if selected.
But what really struck me was the tone of the article where everyone interviewed looked at him as a surefire, guaranteed HoF inductee.
Pierre LeBrun wrote:Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios were no-brainer, first-year Hockey Hall of Fame inductees as two of the greatest blueliners ever to play the game. And Chris Pronger will be the same, whenever his day comes.
Pierre LeBrun wrote:Pronger’s humility notwithstanding, it's clear he’s a first-year automatic inductee whenever his times comes, and if it is indeed in 2015, that would be the same year as the great Nicklas Lidstrom, so that would be a perfect 1-2 punch to put in.
Is his resume really that good? Is he really first-ballot, surefire HoF caliber?