Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Friday, June 04, 2021

conn job
If you ask me, Yahoo! Sports’ Eric Adelson builds a convincing case for awarding this year’s Conn Smythe Trophy to none other than Chris Pronger:

The new NHL rules would seem to hurt someone like Pronger, who plods and roams. Not so. The rules help Pronger, because they allow him to rip headman passes farther, when everyone is watching him and no one is watching the play develop down the ice. Notice all three of Pronger’s visits to the Stanley Cup Finals have come after the lockout – Edmonton in ’06, Anaheim in ’07 and now Philadelphia. Not bad for a 35-year-old in the new era of wide-open hockey. Truth is, playoff hockey is only wide open for Pronger, who stretches the ice with his size, with his reputation, with his smarts and with his passing. Pronger is both a throwback and a visionary.

I’ll admit, Pronger is putting on a clinic on the blueline in this Stanley Cup Final, to the point where he’s almost single-handedly making the Flyers competitive versus the Blackhawks. Not to mention that Philly probably wouldn’t even have made it this far in the postseason without him.

For all that, I still don’t think the Flyers will ultimately prevail in this series. And despite that, I still think Pronger should get the nod as playoff MVP. He’d join that select group of Conn Smythe winners without a matching Cup (Roger Crozier, Glenn Hall, Reggie Leach, Ron Hextall, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere are the others), and that’d be fine by me.

What could derail Pronger’s MVP worthiness? Possibly injury, or his late gamepuck-stealing penchant. Otherwise, I say give him the Conn-job.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/04/2021 01:47pm
Category: Hockey
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback