Chris Pronger spent 20 years in the NHL and became a measuring stick for other defensemen. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 2000, the first defenseman to since Bobby Orr almost three decades earlier. He was big, skilled, and also not a pushover, collecting over 1,600 penalty
It’s a practice you see a lot in the sport of soccer: teams loaning younger or underused players to other clubs — either abroad or in lower divisions — in order to provide players minutes they otherwise wouldn’t be getting.
Not only is it extremely common, it is often successful