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Taming Sasquatch; Zetterberg Returns

In case you were wondering just how stupid Chris Pronger is, and really there’s no mystery anymore, Eric Duhatschek has his rap sheet laid out nicely for you.

Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger was suspended for the seventh time by the NHL Sunday. The previous six:

  * V. Pat Peake, slashing, four games, 10/29/95
  * V. Jeremy Roenick, highsticking, four games, 12/27/98
  * V. Kelly Buchberger, leaving bench for altercation, one game, 10/11/00
  * V. Brenden Morrow, crosscheck, two games, 04/03/02
  * V. Ville Nieminen, kicking, one game, 03/14/04
  * V. Tomas Holmstrom, elbow to the head, one playoff game, 05/15/07

It’s not even fun to discuss anymore.  Pronger’s words continue to prove he’s not sinister, just plainly dumb.

“There was no ill will or malicious intent, it was just a split-second reaction.”

This was even worse than Holmstrom’s (but similar, of course, because the officials “missed it”...unbelievable), because there was no angle that didn’t show anything but “ill will” and “malicious intent”.

Sasquatch claims he was “finishing his check.”  I’m sorry. What?  What check?  He was flatfooted, as usual, waiting for McAmmond, who shot the puck, took two strides and was met by Pronger’s elbow.  At least two strides.  Split-second?  Everything with Pronger is “split-second” or “subjective”.  Chrissy’s always the victim, never the crook.

Whatever.  The guy’s a circus act now.  A roadside car accident that will attract attention for all the wrong reasons.  Just what the league needs. 

Oh, hey…my turtle came back.  That’s right. Zetterberg returned and promised not to leave again.

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