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Pronger Gets 8 Game Suspension

From TSN,

The National Hockey League has handed Anaheim Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger an eight-game suspension for stomping on Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler in a game Wednesday night.

The team has nine games remaining in the regular season, starting Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. He is eligible to return for the team’s final game on Apr. 6 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Update 3:07pm ET: From the LA Times,

“I’d like to apologize to Ryan Kesler, the Vancouver Canucks, my teammates, and the National Hockey League for my actions last Wednesday night,” Pronger said in a statement. “While I did not intend to injure Ryan, I respect the league’s decision on this matter and look forward to returning to the ice and leading my teammates into the playoffs.”

Update 3:13pm ET: From the CP via Hockey.com,

“In attempting to free himself, Pronger carelessly and recklessly brought his foot down,” Campbell said in a statement.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Pronger is considered a repeat offender. He will forfeit US$609,756.08 in salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Note: video and previous commentary here.

 

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Comparing The Simon Suspension

from On the Islanders Beat,

Indeed, Campbell is the one who set the bar. If the league’s attorneys are doing their job, the suspension should be in the same ballpark as what Simon received for his last two incidents. If it falls significantly short, then, Simon’s agent, Larry Kelly, should file suit to reclaim the difference his client lost in salary compared to Pronger.

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from Russo’s Rants,

...league disciplinarian Colin Campbell said, “While it was fortunate there was no serious injury to Mr. Ruutu as a result of Simon’s action, the deliberate act of kicking an opponent with an exposed skate blade, especially where the opponent is in a vulnerable position, is and always has been a repugnant and totally unacceptable act in the game of hockey.

“In addition, while the act itself was extremely dangerous, the fact that this is the eighth incident requiring the imposition of supplementary discipline on Simon compelled me to impose a very severe penalty in this case.”

Today we’ll find out how “repugnant and totally unacceptable” it is when Chris Pronger is the perpetrator. And by the way, Pronger has suspended seven times.

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Risk & Reward Tickets

from Jonathan Lansner of the OC Register,

The Anaheim Ducks, defending Stanley Cup champs of the National Hockey League, opened a market for what’s called “Dibz,” a deal that lets you buy the rights to buy playoff tickets.

For the Ducks, “it’s one of those things, a nutty thing, to stay on the cutting edge,” says ticket chief Steve Obert. “We’re not really doing it for the revenue right now.”

How Dibz works is a modest mind twister. These deals mimic commodities trading in “futures” where, for example, oil producers and gasoline makers try to lock in demand and supply. That’s how oil trades for $100 a barrel.

With Dibz, you start out with a relatively cheap tool. For Ducks playoff games, the Dibz – a right to buy tickets, and who must buy them if the game’s played – were initially priced from $8 for guaranteed upstairs tickets for the first round to $44 for club seats for the Cup’s fourth and final round.

A Dibz buyer gets his or her tickets at face value when a given game is cemented on the playoff schedule. The Ducks, in their case, are supplying roughly 40 tickets per potential game.

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Perry Dealing With Injury

from the LA Times,

Perry said he didn’t feel pain right away but soon realized that he needed to get off the ice.

“I knew something happened,” he said. “I didn’t know I was cut. But I knew something happened. I just went straight off the ice. I looked down and saw a cut and saw some blood. I thought, ‘This can’t be good.’ “

Colorado team physician Andy Parker immediately tended to Perry on the Ducks’ training table, and the winger was rushed to Denver’s Rose Medical Center for surgery to repair the tendon, which was 75% torn, according to the Ducks’ training staff.

“They numbed me up and I was out,” Perry said. “I woke up and I was out of surgery.”

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Western Teams Will Be Heavy Favorites

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that whichever team emerges from the Western Conference playoffs will be a heavy favorite in the Stanley Cup Finals. The guess here is that the Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks are all better than any team from the East, and the Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche might be, as well.

The trickiest part, of course, will be navigating through the treacherous first three rounds of the playoffs. And while there is no doubt the West is the stronger, deeper conference, that doesn’t guarantee anything. By the time the Stanley Cup Finals roll around, injuries and other factors could serve to level the competition.

a litte more plus see how the Ducks have dominated teams in the East…

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Ducks lose Perry

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have suffered a significant loss that is likely to impact on their first round playoff lineup.

Winger Corey Perry suffered a deep laceration on his leg Thursday night and it’s expected he will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The playoffs begin in 4 and a half weeks.

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Chicago Targets Pronger

from the OC Register,

Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.

“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”

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Stand-Up To The Ducks

from All Things Avs,

The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.

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Dirty Ducks

from Team 1200’s Dean Brown,

I want to start by saying something I have said over and over on both radio and TV. I have great admiration for the way the Anaheim Ducks play the game. I believe their philosophy is not new but it is brilliant. It plays on the one constant in NHL officiating. That is the official’s internal calculator….

Anaheim is the dirtiest team in the NHL and all the stats prove that. But what fans miss in their anger because their team was the victim of the Ducks “thousand cuts” game plan is the excellence Anaheim has achieved in executing this type of game plan. Getting everyone to play this way. Getting your skill players to play this way. Not an easy thing to do, but they have. It is not the type of hockey you can do half way.

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thanks to a KK member and fellow blogger for the pointer…

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A Fit For Burke

from Dave Pratt of the Vancouver Province,

According to TSN, Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke will be the new president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs if he wants to.

Does Burke want to work in the No. 1 hockey media centre in the universe? Does Homer like beer?

Neither Burke nor Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Richard Peddie are talking publicly about this rumour, for good reason—if it’s true, it’s tampering.

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