Some Playoff Humour
Well, thanks to Chris Pronger for adding a little levity to the post-season. At this point, with another three weeks left in the post-season, we probably needed it.
Being a California dude now, Pronger must have unlimited access to all kinds of material for various L.A. comedy shops, and he used all of it in an L.A. radio interview when he was discussing his one-game suspension for his cheapshot hit on Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom.
His monologue included:
--suggesting a Canadian media conspiracy forced the NHL to suspend him.
Now, some might wonder why the Canadian media would be so inclined to make sure a multiple-time Canadian Olympian would be suspended, but no matter. Pronger couldn't have been serious, so it was a good giggle.
--his hit on Holmstrom was something that happens "a thousand times" during the season. (And, when it does, usually results in much more than a one-game suspension). Inconsistent officiating - an "absolute joke" according to the Ducks blueliner - is at the root of it all.
Sounds a little like he's double-dog-daring league sheriff Colin Campbell to fine or suspend him again, don't you think? But surely nobody would misconstrue Pronger's silliness as a serious commment, right?
--Basic "laws of physics" dictated that the only way he could possibly make contact with Holmstrom on that play was to charge at him from behind and drive his elbow into the back of the Red Wing forwards helmet. Why? Well, because Pronger is 6-foot-6, and can never be expected to follow the same rules as other players because of his height (insert loud guffaw from laugh track here). How he ever lands a legal check, by that argument, is a mystery.
It was an interesting time for Pronger to do his comedy act, given that you'd think he'd be too busy apologizing to his teammates for selfishly putting them in a bad spot in Game 4, and then of course showering them with thanks for bailing his sorry butt out.
But laughs are good too. When you work for Brian Burke, of course, you never, ever say you're sorry. And there's always a conspiracy out there trying to get you.
(Ed. Note: Some respondents to "The Wild West" last weekend expressed outrage that I suggested HNIC would condone Pronger's actions re Holmstrom, particularly the fact the hit was from behind. Well, just to follow up, that's exactly what happened on Coach's Corner on the weekend.)