Pronger Q&A with O.C Register Insiders

Friday, 09.19.2008 / 2:04 PM / Features
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Pronger Q&A with O.C Register Insiders
Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger participated in a Q&A with Orange County Register subscribers for a “Register Insiders Q&A” session on Wednesday night. Here are some highlights:

Q: There’s a blog entry on your Web site where you wrote, “We have been written off for dead by many members of the media and fans throughout the league.” Why would you think that people would write this team off?

A: It’s more who’s the hot team in the league. Everybody’s talking about Detroit. San Jose’s made all these moves. For us, it’s going to be pretty good. We were media darlings a couple of years ago. Last year with everything surrounding Teemu (Selanne) and Scotty (Niedermayer) we were kind of in the limelight again…To come in under the radar, I think is going to be pretty good for us. We’ve had 4-5 months to get our heads screwed on straight after a disappointing end to last year.

Q: How long did it take for you to get over the end of last season?

A: How many drinks? (laughs). It took a while. It was disappointing. The whole year was such a mental grind, from the whole Scotty saga and Teemu, it was more taxing mentally than physically. It probably took about a month.

Q: There’s a statement on your Web site that says “Off the ice, I’m a good man.” How would you describe yourself on the ice?

A: Probably not very nice. I try to make it as uncomfortable as I possibly can (for opponents). There’s a gray area of the rules, though, and sometimes you go over the line. I learned early on to try to be as unpredictable as possible. .

Q: Why would a player with your size and skills choose to play so edgy?

A: It’s always been the way I’ve played from Day One. I’ve always been that guy stirring it up. I learned early on, from minor hockey all the way up, that’s it’s kept me in the game. If they get mad at you, they’re not thinking about the game.

Q: How do you control your anger?

A: Not very well. Did (NHL disciplinarian) Colin Campbell send you that question?

Q: You were captain last season, taking over the role from Scott Niedermayer. What are your thoughts on this season’s captaincy?

A: I talked to Scotty after the season, and we decided we’d revisit it after he knew what his situation was. We haven’t had a chance to talk about it. I’ll probably have to sit down with (Coach) Randy (Carlyle) and talk about it.

Q: How is that handled? Is it Carlyle’s call?

A: At this stage, it’s between all of us. Randy wants someone in there who wants to be captain.
Q: Would you like to be captain?

A: Yes. But, at the same time, what’s going to work best for the team?

Q: Hypothetically, which two teammates would you not want to play against on a 2-on-1?

A: Probably (Ryan) Getzlaf and (Corey) Perry just so I could have bragging rights on them. I know how to play them now so it’s hard to answer. It’s like taking candy from a baby right now. (To the film crew: Did you get that?)

Q: What are your feelings about new defenseman Steve Montador?

A:
I think he’s going to add a good presence back there. He’s a good skating defenseman, mobile that can play with a physical edge and is willing to fight anybody. He’ll fill that 5-6 hole quite well.

Q: It seemed like last year Francois Beauchemin’s game kind of tapered off from what it was the season before. Do you think Beauchemin can elevate his game back to what it was two years ago or is that just the ebb and flow of the seasons?


A:
I think two years ago everybody on our team had career years and we were just dialed in. It was like a perfect storm … last year, it was difficult to focus. You get off to a poor start and you get in a rut and it’s hard to get out. That’s kind of what you use training camp for - to slowly build up chemistry with your partner and your line combination.

Q: Are there teams you can’t stand to play?

A:
You mean, like, I want to puke when I see their players? There’s quite a few of those in the league … there’s a number of cities you want to get in and out. Edmonton’s one of them. There are teams you have rivalries with - San Jose, L.A. - and we’re starting to get a pretty good rivalry with Dallas now.

Q: The Ducks visited the White House last year. How was it to meet the President?

A:
It was fun. He was real down-to-earth cool. He was slapping guys on the back. He was talking Scotty (Niedermayer) up about going mountain bike riding together. I can imagine with everything that goes on in his job, he was glad to take a 15-minute break and kind of relax and decompress.

Q: Who were your idols when you were growing up?

A:
I was a big Mike Bossy fan. I loved watching him come down and let that big slapper go. As I got a little bit older I loved watching Ray Bourque and Al MacInnis.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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