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So What Do You Think Of Chris Pronger Joining The Department Of Player Safety?

from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The All-Star defenseman and Stanley Cup champion has interviewed for a job in the DPS and is at the top of Quintal’s list to replace the departed Brian Leetch. He would be part of the team that analyzes plays, participates in hearings and gives input to Quintal, who makes the final decisions.

Pronger would be a controversial choice for two reasons:

-- One, he racked up 1,916 penalty minutes in the regular season and playoffs combined over his 18-year NHL career. He was suspended eight times for a total of 22 games – 20 in the regular season and two in the playoffs. The infractions? Slashing. High-sticking. Leaving the bench to join an altercation. Cross-checking. Kicking (twice). Hitting the head (twice).

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Alan's avatar

Should he get the job, I only hope he doesn’t use his understanding of physics to render disciplinary decisions.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 10/08/14 at 02:48 PM ET

awould's avatar

If they’re serious about cracking down on the types of penalties Pronger frequently was guilty of, it’s a really stupid idea. Maybe the Humane Society will hire Michael Vick to help fundraise.

Posted by awould on 10/08/14 at 03:07 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

I’m not sure “controversial” is a strong enough word.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 10/08/14 at 03:15 PM ET

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This is a great move if the league wants mass retirements from skilled players who have made enough that they will never have to work again.

Posted by Garth on 10/08/14 at 03:26 PM ET

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Having run several private leagues, this approach works for a couple of reasons.

1.)  If Chris Pronger says you were out of line, guess what, you probably were.
2.)  Serial Offenders know that no quarter will be given and no sympathy offered.

While on the surface, the contemplation of such a move may appear to be complete buffoonery, it should not be scoffed at.

Posted by Matty55 on 10/08/14 at 03:42 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I have many inappropriate jokes, which would not be nice to say.

But can the guy even see straight these days???

Posted by TreKronor on 10/08/14 at 03:43 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Maybe the idea is that it takes a dirty player to know a dirty player.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/08/14 at 03:44 PM ET

awould's avatar

Serial Offenders know that no quarter will be given and no sympathy offered.

I would think a serial offender has a better shot at a light sentence with another serial offender making the call.

Posted by awould on 10/08/14 at 03:45 PM ET

awould's avatar

I’d rather have Steve Moore than Chris Pronger.

Posted by awould on 10/08/14 at 03:45 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Just another example of how serious Bettman and his cronies are about player safety.  But Matt Cooke is still allowed to play, so that says enough right there.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/08/14 at 03:50 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Seeing he’s committed every chickensh**, cheap-shot play known in hockey he would be wonderful in the position.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/08/14 at 04:19 PM ET

Paul's avatar

If the NHL wants to hire him fine, but he needs to officially retire first, which would put the Flyers over the cap since he is on LTIR for two more years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/14 at 04:26 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/14 at 05:26 PM ET

I was wondering…

Posted by Garth on 10/08/14 at 04:31 PM ET

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If you want to build a better safe, hire a safe-cracker.

Maybe, but you don’t hire a criminal to be a jail guard.

Posted by Garth on 10/08/14 at 04:33 PM ET

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If the NHL wants to hire him fine, but he needs to officially retire first, which would put the Flyers over the cap since he is on LTIR for two more years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/14 at 05:26 PM ET

Yes, that would be the professional way of handling things. If nothing else, taking that position while still technically a player / Flyer seems to represent a huge conflict of interest.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 10/08/14 at 04:49 PM ET

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So the NHL wants to hire one of the dirtiest, most-suspended players of the past 20 years to play a significant role in player safety? What, Chris Simon and Raffi Torres turned down the job? Maybe the Hanson Brothers are available?

The NHL league office is a fuching joke.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from La La Land on 10/08/14 at 05:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

They gotta be outta their fuching minds.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/08/14 at 05:21 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

The fact that the flyers can keep this guy on LTIR and stay under the salary cap is a joke and is a bigger loophole to the collective bargaining agreement than the 12 year contracts that the league felt a need to put an end to.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/08/14 at 05:23 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I don’t think that’s the message the league should be sending.  But it’s pretty clear the league doesn’t care so long as you don’t insult someone’s girlfriend.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/08/14 at 05:34 PM ET

Paul's avatar

According to Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet, the PA is involved and trying to figure out how to make this work.

It would set a precedent moving forward so other players in the same situation could do the same.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/14 at 05:37 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Once a goon, always a goon.

Posted by bigfrog on 10/08/14 at 05:51 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post thinks this just may work.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/14 at 06:34 PM ET

aerodude's avatar

I want to know where they stash his fuching cap hit this time, if only in advance of doing the same with Weiss later on this year.

Posted by aerodude on 10/08/14 at 09:41 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I know a lot of you hated him as a player, but I really do think there’s something to “it takes one to know one.” Even if you’re a dirty player on the ice, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t watch your video and know it’s a dirty play. I think he is more than qualified for the position. The whole thing with the Flyers and his contract, that’s another story…

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 10/09/14 at 08:28 AM ET

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Even if you’re a dirty player on the ice, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t watch your video and know it’s a dirty play. I think he is more than qualified for the position.

A guy who is as dirty as he was may not think of himself as a dirty player, and if he doesn’t see himself as a dirty player, why would he recognize it in others?

And even if he does recognize himself as a dirty player and recognize others as dirty players, why would you trust a guy who knowingly and willing played dirty to properly punish other players for things similar to what he did?

If he were a guy who was apologetic for his play that would be one thing, but he made dirty plays and smiled like he did nothing wrong when talking about it.

At this point I’d be more comfortable with Mike Milbury taking being in charge of taking fighting out of the game than I would be with Pronger being involved in discipline.

Posted by Garth on 10/09/14 at 12:33 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Any truth to the rumor of the Wings offering Dan Cleary for the same position?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/09/14 at 12:38 PM ET

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