Sunday, June 03, 2007

Pronger's cry for help

If we are to believe Chris Pronger, his second playoff suspension in a matter of weeks isn't the mark of a dirty player with little regard for his opponents or his teammates, but a cry for help.

How else to explain the actions of a supposedly elite player who for the second time this playoff season leaves opponents motionless on the ice with blows to the head and then suggests he is powerless to change his ways.
Another nice piece by Burnside, who gets into Pronger's transgressions from playoffs past and his penchant earlier in his career for taking dumb penalties.

Who knows — maybe without Pronger and playing on the road, the Ducks could be in tough for Game 4 and Ottawa can crawl back into the series tomorrow.

The best way to characterize Pronger's illegal elbow, in fact, is to call it downright stupid, in more ways than one. It served no purpose in the game, puts his team down a key defenceman in the finals and endangered the wellbeing of a pretty solid citizen in Dean McAmmond.
"It wasn't incidental. It's not like that couldn't have been avoided," McAmmond said in a release. "I'm feeling pretty much the same as I was [Saturday], — a little bit 'headachy,' not feeling quite right. I'm going to do everything I can, or as little as I can, to feel good [Monday]. I want to play, but at this point in time, I'm not sure right now."
I find it unfathomable that, given all of his many talents on the ice, Pronger is as repeatedly dumb as he is in key situations. In the media, we attempt to find reason and justification in acts like this, and in an extreme example what Todd Bertuzzi did, but in the end it just boils down to pure, brutish stupidity.

Eric Duhatschek has a full look at Pronger's rap sheet here along with other key suspensions in playoff history. And it's nice to note that Claude Lemieux received a whole two games for riding Kris Draper's face along the dashboard back in 1996.
"That’s a stupid word, embarrass, at this point in time for these officials."
Everyone should be embarrassed in this situation — and especially Chris Pronger.



At 7:23 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to progressive discipline? Repeat offenders' discipline should increase as infractions mount. A 1 game suspension is inadequate.

At 7:38 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think there's something darker here than stupidity? Like blind rage? Stupid people will never be smart; angry people, sufficiently motivated, are sometimes able to exercise a modicum of self-control instead of flying into a violent tantrum. Is the league interested in motivating Pronger to change? Obviously not. If Pronger one day pulls a Bertuzzi, Colin Campbell will be partly to blame.

At 7:55 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The on-ice officials are blind or stupid and, with each flagrant foul they miss, making themselves increasingly irrelevant. At some point, hockey will probably be reduced to two linesman dropping pucks, breaking up fights, and calling offside/icing, while off-ice officials radio to them to whistle penalties for fouls that the other 18,978 people in the building can see with their two working eyes.
As for CFP's enitrely inadequate one-game suspension. Colin Campbell has proven he's as much a dimwit as an NHL executive as he was a horrible defenceman.

At 12:54 a.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous swabbubba said...

Hey here is my take.Dean M could have turned away from Pronger. It looked like he wanted to engage. Well engage it was an elbow to the the fucking noggin. Now who here has not heard of Messier, Howe, Richard. Well boy I am not here for revisionist history that all the new fangle kids are on about. Hockey you can get hurt. The fuckwad Neil what the fuck was he jaw jacking about. Where was the penalty for that Ahole. The reffing sucked hard in that game. I think Anaheim should dress Paros let him work through a few of the Sens. It is all about karma and the Sens have just pissed of the hockey gods. Really I don't give a shit who won this series but the whining that is coming out of the Sens makes me think.. Alright Ducks do your thing.

At 1:24 a.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, swabubba, tell us how you really feel! Seriously though, one should probably refrain from commenting when one is drunk out of one's mind.

Or perhaps you have already "engaged" one too many elbows to the head.

Which, judging by your non-sensical babbling, only strengthens the argument for a tougher suspension for Pronger.


At 1:47 a.m., June 04, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

James, this is a personal matter between Chris and his family. You should just let the matter drop.

At 11:47 a.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous grace said...

hahaha...nice one Andy.

I agree. We'll wait until Lauren states why she forced Chris to elbow McAmmond in the head.

Or "errant" elbow as the globe calls it. I don't know how it was "errant" but whatever.

Until Lauren decides to publicly speak this matter is of no consequence and everyone should get over it and move on.

I'm sure, somehow, the Oilers got screwed in this series as well.

At 11:49 a.m., June 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

1. straying from the right course or from accepted standards

At 12:16 p.m., June 04, 2007, Anonymous grace said...

You conveniently omitted it's 1st meaning and what most people think of when the word "errant" is used:


uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable; "an errant breeze"

My point being, and as reflected in the comments section of the article, the word "errant" could have been substituted for a different word that better reflects Pronger's actions.

I'm a globe subscriber and read it daily and it's not the first time (nor will it be the last) that the headline of the article not reflecting the article's substance itself.

At 12:53 p.m., June 04, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I called it an illegal elbow in this post, although that doesn't quite have the same ring to it. And I couldn't think of a better headline for the Pronger piece last night when asked (by all means, suggestions welcome).'s not the first time (nor will it be the last) that the headline of the article not reflecting the article's substance itself.

I guess we can't all be perfect.


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