Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Niedermayer's conference call

I wouldn't normally quote a source of this length, but there was an entertaining bit of banter at this afternoon's press conference between Scott Niedermayer and the various media outlets on the line regarding the potential suspension to teammate Chris Pronger:
Q. Randy and you guys have talked about applying the 10-minute rule after both wins and losses in terms of putting them in the past. After last night, did that 10 minute rule get stretched at all?

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Yeah. I mean, it was a tough loss, the way we lost. I mean, every loss in the playoffs is difficult. But obviously the way the game went, we were very disappointed with our effort. It was tough. Tough one to swallow, for sure.

Q. Anything on the video stand out that you weren't expecting to see? I know you said there were going to be a lot of things you were going to see that you expected to see. Anything jumped out unexpectedly?

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: No. I think we have a pretty good handle on sort of what happened. You know, they played a very good, you know, neutral-zone game. They sat back. When the opportunity was there, they were aggressive. They came up. When they did counter, they had space, found space, moved the puck very well. That was a big part of the game.

Q. The league is reviewing the hit on Holmstrom. What happens if you have to play Game 4 without Chris?

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Then we go out there with the 20 guys that are dressed, go out and play as a team, play as well as we can. Is there any other choice (laughter)? You know, he didn't get a penalty, so...

Q. They're allowed to.

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: They're allowed to do that?

Q. Yes.

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: Okay. The ref didn't see it that way, I guess.

Q. Scott, I don't know if you've seen the replay of the hit since last night. If you have, what are your impressions of the hit having seen it afterwards maybe?

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: It's hard to know really what's going on.

Q. I'm not sure I understand.

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I mean, my brother got the penalty. They're talking to Chris now. Anybody else they want to bring in? Maybe they should talk to Holmstrom, as well. You know, I don't know. I don't know what they're doing.

Q. What do you think they should talk to Holmstrom about?

SCOTT NIEDERMAYER: I don't know. I'm just trying to figure out what they're looking at. The call last night was five minutes to Rob Niedermayer. Today they're talking to Chris. Does that make sense to anybody?

Q. Brother was in the clear, legal hit. They called it on the wrong guy.

As I said, it's all rather entertaining — and you get the feeling that all of the Ducks are in just a little bit of a sour mood after the pounding they took last night.

How they rebound from this will be interesting.

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At 6:27 p.m., May 16, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Q. What do you think they should talk to Holmstrom about?


That's great. It's like he wasn't even at the game.

At 6:46 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Useless line of questioning and even stupider response (put it's good that you posted it, James).

"Hey Scott, your brother and teammate took a pretty bad head shot at an opposing player, care to sell either of them down the river?"

"Well sure, I think Chris deserves a two game suspension. GOLLLLY".

And Scott's "they didn't call it that way on the ice" routine works until the time comes when one of his guys are on the end of something the refs miss.

I'm sure Scott will respect the call on the ice and be happy with no league discipline for the other team.

At 8:57 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

I'm willing to give Scott Niedermeyer the benefit of the doubt on sounding stupid. He was probably strongly encouraged by the team not to say anything to inflame the situation, and is not an experienced politician enough to say nothing in an awful lot of words without sounding a touch stupid.

At 9:12 p.m., May 16, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I'll echo the sentiments above. It's tough to read too much into these player interviews--they're just robots out there, feeding orchestrated answers to not-very-provoking questions.

It is pretty funny, though.

How they rebound from this will be interesting.

And/or heartbreaking.

At 10:08 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous claire said...

Did the reporter really think he'd get anything more than what Niedermeyer said? I know fifth graders who'd ask better questions. I'm a Ducks' fan who can't stand Pronger. Pronger's arms were above Holstrom's shoulders before he hit Holstrom. It won't bother me to see him sit out a game. It'll force the Ducks' character to rise to the top or drown miserably.

At 10:54 p.m., May 16, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

You do really have to wonder what the reporters asking the questions were looking for Niedermayer to say.

At 8:42 a.m., May 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Brian Burke thought it was a horrible suspension.
He's the one that gave Gary Suter 4 games when he cross checked Paul Kariya and gave Kariya a career altering concussion.
Burke is a loud-mouthed loser blowhard.

At 4:35 p.m., May 17, 2007, Blogger Bethany said...

I love anonymous comments...


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