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09-02-2013, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
I've posted sources for Pronger's 2007 season before. After looking them up, here they are.
Rob Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun - January 27, 2007
MOST VALUABLE PRONGER: With Chris Pronger, the Edmonton Oilers go to the Cup final. Without him, they might not make the playoffs. With him, Anaheim rockets to first overall. Without him they win two of 11 games. That's a pretty good case for the Hart Trophy ...
Kevin Allen, USA Today, January 23, 2007:
In most seasons, the NHL has two or three clear-cut candidates for MVP emerging at the All-Star break. This season, the field is too crowded to count on two hands. USA TODAY, on this page and the next, profiles 12 players and suggests a few others who might walk away with the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player to his team. All but injured Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla and Anaheim Ducks defenseman
were named to the All-Star Game.
While grousing about losing three out of four games early this month, Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke offered more evidence that 6-6 defenseman
might be the NHL's most indispensable player.
"We had three one-goal losses, and it wasn't our goaltending," Burke lamented. "It was because our power play struggled after we lost our big stork back there."
The Ducks are still an elite team without Pronger, who broke his foot Dec. 31, but not the near-invincible team they were earlier this season when he was playing some of the best hockey of his career.
"This guy may be the best first passer in the game today," Burke says. "He comes around that net, he looks up and boom, the puck is out of the zone with authority.... And if he has two options, he always goes with the best option."
Pronger has long been a multiple-tool player, a luxury model that comes with the options of intimidation, mobility and offensive savvy. His style is a fit for Anaheim's offensive flow.
"He skates like a great blue heron with those great big strides," Burke says. "They don't look like they are going very fast, and you look up and they have moved a great distance because of the length of the stride."
Eric Duhatchek, Globe and Mail, Jan 10, 2007:
If, for example, Chris Pronger lost his place in the starting line-up to Fitzpatrick, you can't convince that he would lose a lot of sleep over it. Oh that's right.
Pronger, a certifiable MVP candidate in the first half of the season
, didn't get chosen anyway. I'd be interested in knowing if he was upset when he heard about the snub, or largely indifferent. Knowing him, I suspect the latter.
Pierre Lebrun, Canadian Press, Jan 6, 2007:
CP writers Neil Stevens, Bill Beacon, Jim Morris, Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston put their heads together and handed out the halfway hardware Friday:
Hart Trophy (MVP): Crosby got four of the five votes,
with Anaheim defenceman Chris Pronger also getting one
. Honourable mention, aside from Pronger, also goes to Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Atlanta's Marian Hossa.
But really, where would the Penguins be without Crosby? When he's not on the scoresheet, the Penguins don't win. Can't be much more valuable than that.
Norris Trophy (Top defenceman):
Pronger was nearly the unanimous choice,
getting four votes with four-time Norris winner Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit getting the other. Before suffering a broken foot during the holidays, Pronger was putting together a superb campaign. He still leads all NHL defencemen with 40 points (7-33) in 41 games while sporting a plus-21 rating.
Rick Sadowski, Rocky Mountain News, Jan 5, 2007:
Most NHL teams will reach the halfway point in their schedules this weekend, so it's time to hand out some midseason awards.
Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey. The Devils certainly wouldn't be leading the Atlantic Division without Brodeur, not with a popgun offense that has produced the second-fewest goals in the Eastern Conference. Brodeur leads the league with six shutouts, is second in goals-against average (2.13) and third in saves percentage (.925).
In the running: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Marian Hossa, Atlanta; Jarome Iginla, Calgary; Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers;
Chris Pronger, Anaheim.
Norris Trophy (Defenseman): Pronger. He has been even better than the Ducks could have hoped when they acquired him from Edmonton in the offseason. Currently sidelined because of a broken left foot, the 6-foot-6 Pronger is an intimidating presence at both ends of the ice and has been just a hair better than teammate Scott Niedermayer.
In the running: Brian Campbell, Buffalo; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Niedermayer; Sheldon Souray, Montreal; Kimmo Timonen, Nashville.
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