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The following season Pronger manned the blue-line of a 110-point Anaheim club, where he and the Ducks won the only Stanley Cup of either’s hockey existence. The other, with Pronger and Scott Niedermayer on the top pair and J. Perhaps, despite what we may have thought a month ago, the Oilers are a team that could win more than just a round or two this spring.“It’s how you’ve played against the top teams that defines how you compare yourself to the teams you’re playing,” began Pronger, whose body has forced into retirement a hockey mind that is still as sharp as it is competitive.Suddenly, we’re getting that feeling about this Oilers club.That maybe you could say Edmonton and Stanley Cup Final in the same sentence, even if that sentence begins with, “What if…?Caught unaware, the future Hall of Fame defenseman felt defenseless. “I tell my kids [Jack, now 10; George, eight; and Lilah, four], ‘You have to stop scaring me.
They had the best goalie in Round 1, and do again, to our eye, in Round 2.
He won two Olympic gold medals with Canada, went to the finals with the Oilers (in 2006) and Philadelphia (in ’10) and won a title in Anaheim (in ’07).
Veteran teammates deferred to him, and new ones cowered.
And he knows about Stanley Cup teams, having been there three times in his Hall of Fame career.
In 2006, Pronger anchored the long-shot Oilers to a Game 7 loss in the Final, and had my vote for the Conn Smythe Trophy (which went to Carolina goalie Cam Ward). Pronger watched his two old teams go at it in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal Wednesday night from the comfort of his St. We asked him if there is a moment in every Cup run where an unlikely team like Edmonton — which finished 29th last season and hadn’t made the playoffs since 2006 — gets the inkling that perhaps this could be their year?