Chris Pronger Invites You to Dream Up Crosby's Nightmare

RonnybrookCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2009

14 May 2001:  Chris Pronger #44 of the St. Louis Blues puts a glove to the face of Adam Foote #52 of the Colorado Avalanche in the second period during game two of the Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.   DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT

The part of this afternoon’s press conference with Chris Pronger that stuck with me was the nonchalance in which he spoke of shutting down world class players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin next season.

He spoke repeatedly of taking away their time and their space, and casually added that once you’ve taken care of that, you make them pay the price.

I just got the sense there isn’t a player in the NHL that worries this guy, and I honestly can’t remember the last time Philadelphia had a player like that on their blueline.

One of the reporters tried to lead Pronger into giving a preview of what awaits players such as Crosby and Ovechkin when they next meet the Flyers.

“I think you know the answer to that question” was Pronger’s response.

Stating that he did not want to “premeditate anything,” he invited the reporters to dream up their own scenarios of how things would unfold.

The vision that dances in my head involves Crobsy laying crumpled at the Flyers blueline in Game Six Eric Lindros fashion, wondering whether he’d like waffles or Fruit Loops for breakfast when he eventually gets out of bed.

As the NHL’s Golden Child fumbles for the snooze button between the blueline and center ice, he’ll notice the volume is uncharacteristically high, and dreamily wonder to himself “who is this Crosby fellow? And why exactly does he suck?”

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