On a recent appearance on the nationally-syndicated Jim Rome Show on the Team 1260 Chris Pronger riled up Oilers nation with the following comments about some of the negative aspects of his experience in Edmonton:
"There's obviously a few things that didn't sit well with me, for instance, taking the furniture that I had in my house and burning it, and having a 'Burn Chris Pronger's Furniture Day,' that really didn't sit well with me very much. They burned my kid's crib and things like that. When you hear stories like that it doesn't sit well. But having said that, you know, I've turned the page. It would be nice to see them turn the page, but I doubt that's gonna happen any time soon."
Well nothing like opening up a new can of worms Chris!
First off, for a guy who has spoken publicly about being offended about the degree of rumour-mongering that was rampant following his departure in Edmonton following the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, there is something ironic in Pronger throwing out a salacious, unfounded rumour that cast a pretty negative light on an entire city.
Secondly, it appears that Pronger's information is wrong.
The Team 1260 was contacted by a rental company in Edmonton stating that they rented furniture to the Pronger family and that all the furniture was returned in perfect working condition. They also stated they did not re-sell the furniture for a 'Burn Chris Pronger's Furniture Day'.
End of discussion.
Edmonton is not about to get a public apology from Chris Pronger.
Frankly, the time has come for Oiler fans to rise above comments like this.
There are committed Oilers, who are better men, to get behind like Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Sheldon Souray.
ALL ABOARD! I absolutely loved the fact that Oilers captain Ethan Moreau called out four or five of his teammates following the Oilers disappointing 3-1 home loss to Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Moreau referred to the team as having too many passengers and suggested that the Oil were not a good enough team to not have everyone buying-in and ready to play.
He is right.
In the situation you can't point the finger at head coach Craig MacTavish for not having the team ready to play.
I do think MacT needs to develop a second line.
It goes without saying that the Oilers are getting big results right now with their top line of Horcoff, Hemsky and Dustin Penner.
MacTavish got some mileage earlier this season with Nilsson playing with Sam Gagner and Fernando Pisani on what amounted to an Oilers second line.
Moreau could team up with Jarret Stoll and Marty Reasoner on a shut-down line, leaving the speedy Andrew Cogliano between the improving Zack Stortini and Kyle Brodziak on an energy line.
The U of A is not expected to make an application this summer.
It could also be argued that Alberta's men's hockey and volleyball teams, which could easily compete in the NCAA, would actually be worse off at the get go if the school hypothetically left the CIS and went stateside.
Head coach Terry Danyluk's volleyball Bears are 16-2 against the NCAA over the last two seasons.
Currently NCAA volleyball programs are limited to just four and a half scholarships, which means the Bears would have fewer players on scholarship if they joined the NCAA than they currently have on scholarship in the CIS.
The Bears hockey team is 8-4 against the NCAA over the last decade, and have played just one home game. The Bears have impressive road wins at traditional NCAA powers North Dakota and Denver.
Unquestionably you don't find too many Dany Heatley's and Kyle Turris's in the CIS.
But I would put a Bears lineup which features two guys, Tyler Metcalfe and Dale Mahovsky, who scored 70 points in a season in the WHL on their fourth line, against pretty much anybody in the NCAA. As many of you know, if the Bears were allowed to play NCAA hockey, they would have to restock their roster and not be able to use their talented WHL players.