Sunday, June 03, 2007

Suspend Pronger

Without question, this should be at least a one-game suspension for Chris Pronger (and I'd honestly be surprised if the league tries to get away without doing so).

Unfortunately, as noted in the NBC feed of the hit, Dean McAmmond has a history of concussions and may not be back in this series.

The classic part about this whole incident is that McAmmond's lifeless body slides into the corner right beside the referee, who has missed the entire infraction up to this point. (To be fair, at full speed the elbow was nicely camouflaged by Pronger.)



At 1:43 p.m., June 03, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

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At 1:47 p.m., June 03, 2007, Blogger PB said...

The one thing I just noticed about this video (and I've looked at it several times) is that Mr. Pronger left his feet, slightly, to deliver his hit.

Watch the replay closely and see if anyone saw what I did.

At 2:22 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

The league has to give Pronger a minimum three game suspension since this is a second offence within a two week period. If they don't, their discipline process is a joke.

Again, the hit was a deliberate attempt to injure and intimidate. There is no defence of a legitimate hockey "hit" where the elbow was accidentally involved.

One has to wonder what is going on with Chris Pronger. He has always been a hard hitting defenceman but he was never been known as a head hunter or a dirty player.

Perhaps the fact he is on a team managed by Brian Burke has something to do with it. Burke himself is a bully who believes that intimidation is an essential part of winning. He even dealt with the media in Vancouver that way, where he tried to intimidate and get several reporters fired whenever they wrote something he disagreed with.

Let's not forget the Bertuzzi - Steve Moore incident. Did Burke "goad" Bertuzzi into seeking revenge on Moore? And is Burke now encouraging Pronger and other Anahiem players to take head shots in order to intimidate their opponents?

It's funny how these things seem to always occur on Brian Burke's teams.

At 2:22 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one thing I just noticed about this video (and I've looked at it several times) is that Mr. Pronger left his feet, slightly, to deliver his hit.

Must be just the law of physics.

And the magnetic attraction opponents' heads have for his elbows.

At 2:42 p.m., June 03, 2007, Blogger Sherry said...

Pronger only got one game for the hit.

I'm willing to concede if this was an isolated incident, it would probably be a one-game suspension. The fact is, Pronger is clearly a repeat offender and the league simply isn't coming down hard enough to discourage this type of reckless behaviour.

At 2:52 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Technicall speaking, counting the weather girl, the Oilers contract he reneged on, the hit on Holmstrom, and now the hit on McAmmond, that's Four that CFP has got away with in recent memory.

At 3:06 p.m., June 03, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Burke is full of ****. That makes today indistinguishable from any other in his life. The best light this hit can be framed in is gross negligence on Pronger's part, and I'm not buying that. He had McAmmond lined up, and my surmise is that Pronger lined him up and hit him exactly as he intended.

The suspension is a joke. Pronger was suspended two weeks ago, and last night, he demonstrated that a one game suspension is insufficient to deter him from hitting someone's head with his elbow. There's no reason to think that this suspension is going to prove any more deterrent than the last one.

At 3:27 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

The NHL once again lets cheap thuggery rule the day. They might as well just go ahead and declare it a MMA league, rather than pretend there's any true sport in it.

Pronger should have been suspended for multiple games for that intent to injure (McAmmond had already taken the shot).

The only way someone like Pronger can get away with stuff like that repeatedly is that the other players ARE playing within the rules, ARE trying to score. If McCammond had skated up and smashed Pronger in the face with his stick, he wouldn't have gotten hit at all. All the NHL has done is send a message that playing within the rules gets you nowhere but on a stretcher.

The referee should be terminated for letting him get away with it. And that fool Bob McKenzie should be terminated for praising Pronger for the hit (and also for using the term "identifies" like know-it-all tools like him and Pierre McGuire always do).

The league is a joke.

At 5:17 p.m., June 03, 2007, Blogger Danny Pugsley said...

Pronger should have clearly received more than a one game ban, as the one game ban for the previous hit clearly isn't a deterrent.

Anyone else think he may have got more if this wasn't the Stanley Cup finals?

At 5:45 p.m., June 03, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

Anyone else think he may have got more if this wasn't the Stanley Cup finals?

I do, and that is part of the problem. In the regular season, the carryover is negligible because if a player is suspended, usually the next game is against a different opponent, so the team that benefits had nothing to do with the original incident. In the playoffs when games are that much more important, the penalties are less severe.

I don't know what the solution is, but there should definitely be an escalation for repeat offenders. One game was clearly not enough to get the message through his thick skull to stop hitting people in the head, so maybe three games might force him to understand the message.


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