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What Would You Do If Bob Probert Gave You A Two-Hander?

Katie Strang of The Athletic on some of the questions prospects are asked...

One former NHL player recalls a goofy line of questioning from an Eastern Conference team’s general manager, who took him through a litany of potential game scenarios to see how he’d react.

GM: What if you’re in Detroit the next night and Bob Probert two-hands you over the arm?

Player: I don’t know what I’d do, but I don’t think I’d do anything.

The player couldn’t help but answer honestly, and there was no way he was puffing out his chest and pretending to be a willing combatant with one of the most feared heavyweights in the league.

“How the *#$%@& am I supposed to answer that? Bob Probert had killed basically everybody in the NHL. I’m a skinny 18-year-old. I’m not doing anything to Bob Probert,” the player recalled thinking.

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The Meal's avatar

“One team executive remembers the player being savvy enough to tacitly acknowledge the act while artfully dodging further questions. Another remembered him being much more outright with his transgression.

“We didn’t even have to ask,” the executive recalled. “He walks in, very confident, sits in the chair, no hello’s, no ‘how are you doing?’ no breaking into (small talk). He just said, ‘Yup, it’s true. I shit on my girlfriend’s car.’”

Sean McIndoe’s twitter response was that nobody remembers #2 at the draft.

My subscription to The Athletic has already made itself 100% worth it.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 06/18/19 at 09:12 AM ET

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What Would You Do If Bob Probert Gave You A Two-Hander?

Thank him?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/18/19 at 11:51 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

If I didnt know who Probert was, that headline could take on an entirely different meaning.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/18/19 at 12:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Go to your room, Hoot.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/19 at 12:18 PM ET

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