Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Edmonton: kicked, while down

Well now it turns out that Pronger is willing to accept a trade to either Vancouver or Toronto, which means only one thing: Edmonton is a hick's backwater in the sticks and neither Chris or Lauren Pronger want to waste 4 more years of their prime in Browntown.

And if that isn't a low blow, here's a sugar-coated appraisal from some Calgarian on the HF Boards:

Hmmm...where to begin?The winters are colder (you don't get warming Chinook winds like Calgary gets in winter).The city is blue-collar, some of its denizens are of questionable intelligence and it has no scenery to speak of. The city seems dirty and dusty, perhaps due to the amount of gravel, etc. that gets dumped on the roads during the interminably long winters. During winter (when Mrs. Pronger was there) there are only 7 1/2 hours of daylight our of 24 each day.Other than visiting West Edmonton Mall, things to do there are limited. Culture lags well behind Vancouver, Toronto or even Calgary.No offense intended to Edmonton-dwellers (don't flame me, this is only my opinion, of course), but I have lived there and wouldn't go back for anything.

No offense intended to Edmonton-dwellers, of course.

71 comments:

Colby Cosh said...

Lord are these dinksmacks quick to bring up the chinook. It's always Item One on the grocery list. Yeah, congrats, Gomer, it's kinda warm ten extra days a year. You win teh quality-of-life sweepstakes 4 evar.

Did you know that each chinook carries with it the delicate, citrusy scent of Ava Gardner's vagina? It's a Calgarian fact!

Anonymous said...

Other than visiting West Edmonton Mall, things to do there are limited.

Best instant self-refutation ever.

Pleasure Motors said...

Even though I'm obviously biased towards the one, Edmontonians and Calgarians bickering over whose city is better is like Seattle and Vancouver fighting about who gets more rain.

"Your city is a brown, drab, car-malled, Baby Boom-planned nightmare with almost no relevant culture to speak of, populated by a bunch of reactionary, suburban morons driving trucks and living off oil money who would rather pay $21 for warm Canadian and a chance to watch second-rate football players than put money into public education!"

"Yeah, well, at least we have the Stampede/WEM/the Red Mile/5 Cups!"

I'll retract my opinion when Pronger says he'll accept a trade to Calgary.

Jes Gőlbez said...

Edmonton is full of my Ukey cousins, which automatically makes it 1,000,000x better than hickville Calgary.

If Calgary is our Texas, what is Edmonton? Oklahoma? Or is it a Dallas vs. Houston kind of thang?

Jes Gőlbez said...

Pleasure,

Although SEA/VCR get similar rainfalls, the two cities are miles apart in terms of cultural norms. Vancouver is uppity, bright, snotty, and a wannabe LA. Seattle is much dirtier, granola, and dreary. Oh, and the Seattle street grid system had to be designed someone high on Mary Jane.

LittleFury said...

Jes: Calgary is Houston, which makes Edmonton our Austin.

theDrizzler said...

Its kind of sad, but kind of true. While Edmonton is a delightful little place to raise a family if you're not making 6.25/year, it's quality of life options are extremely limited (i.e. you like to go outside). I felt at the outset of the new cba that while the usual big spenders would be forced to limit their spending, those markets with attractive ammenities (golfing year round, beaches, shorter travel times, dining options, theater, etc., etc.) would ultimately win out as the better players slowly positioned themselves in the places they (and their families) would most want to live. I have plenty of faith in Lowe's abilities to sell the advantages of the Oilers from a hockey playing perspective, but geographically, culturally, if you've ever been anywhere else besides Edmonton, you know that it's a pretty tough sell.

Doogie2K said...

Yet, Jes, the point of the analogy was the rainfall, not the culture, of Seattle and Vancouver. He's saying that neither Calgary nor Edmonton have anything significant on each other, though I would argue that Edmonton is mildly more left-leaning than Calgary (hence the nickname "Redmonton").

lowetide said...

Colby:

I spit beer on my holiday when I read "Ava Gardner's vagina."

You owe me a Pilsner.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Okay, wow. Let's just say I have a different perspective on our fine city--I grew up in the U.S., have lived all over the world, and never want to live anywhere else now. Nothing to do besides the mall? What about the theatre scene, the festivals, the fooooood? Jesus.

mudcrutch79 said...

I have plenty of faith in Lowe's abilities to sell the advantages of the Oilers from a hockey playing perspective, but geographically, culturally, if you've ever been anywhere else besides Edmonton, you know that it's a pretty tough sell.

I'll concede the geographic difficulties as well as the fact that the winter blows and all that fine stuff. I find the repeated cultural references (and it's not just you) laughable though. Maybe the really good hockey players where you grew up are different than the really good hockey players where I grew up but to the best of my knowledge, Edmonton has an ample supply of a) beer and b) chicks who are willing to have casual sex with hockey players, which is really all the average hockey player is looking for in terms of culture.

There really needs to be something like hockeydb.com for players wives that tells you where they're from and where their parents and families live. It'd make the free agent season so much more fun.

namflashback said...

Ok, his agent is saying that Edmonton now presents a risk to Chris Pronger that makes it untenable for him to stay despite the fact that he likes the organization, the team, the teammates, the fans, and the city.

That it is of a personal nature and that going into the specifics is not appropriate, and the agent knows that leaving his comments generic opens up to speculation.

This is probably not about whether or not you have a warm wind, an opera house, or a TO nightlife you talk about but never actually partake in.

It may be the need to avoid your children crossing paths with their illegitamate half-siblings. Or that Big Orbs is practicing a little bit of Big Love.

Colby Cosh said...

Edmonton: where the puck bunnies are a health hazard?

This is going to get weirder and weirder.

Oilersman3000 said...

Springfield? You know our football team beats their football team almost half the time!

Robert Cleave said...

Or that Big Orbs is practicing a little bit of Big Love.

When I read that bit from Morris about Pronger being "at risk" yesterday, the whole infidelity thing did seem to become even more plausible. I'd guess that a) Mrs. Pronger really doesn't like the place anyway, and b) her extended absences from Edmonton gave her man a chance to indulge in everyone's real favourite sport. If he's completed the trifecta by c) impregnating one of the local Annies, he probably needs out for the reasons that nam alluded to. Not everyone can brazen it out like Shawn Kemp.

Chris said...

Its kind of ironic that the speculation is that a guy who acquired an internet moniker as "the orbs of power" may have to skip town because of his virility.

On the other hand "the lack of a cultural scene in Edmonton?" Oh for Christ's sake. If you expect me to seriously think that the reason Mrs. Pronger wanted to leave town was because she found the quality of the local symphony and theater deficient all I can really offer in response is mocking laughter. As for Calgary having some sort of cultural superiority to Edmonton, I like Calgary's politics better and it may well have more higher end stores but culturally every artsy person I've ever talked to hates the place like its ground zero of a nuclear disaster. Mostly because if you haven't noticed the cultural sorts aren't exactly walking around with "I heart Stephen Harper t-shirts".

Paul said...

I have a chuckle every time some lame Calgarian brings up the untrue fact that all there is in Edmonton is a mall. Cultural activities are alien to the typical Calgarian. Pretentiousness comes with the price of being scared to have fun for fear of appearing foolish.

Yeah, Calgary is chock full of fantastic things to do. If you get bored of heritage park there's always the Glenbow museum or the zoo. You could go out and count trees, I guess, but that activity won't last long with the vast expanse of dead grass. The wind blows strong and cold through Calgary, and that's in every season of the year. I guess life is probably good in Calgary if your in the lotion business, cause that place is as dry as Lauren Pronger's...well you know what I'm getting at.

jon said...

When will Calgarian's realize the ignorance inherent in saying things such as, "some of its denizens are of questionable intelligence." WELL NO SHIT. Last time I checked, intelligence was a factor that varied amongst all human beings, just like height. Literally every place on Earth fits the aforementioned criterion.

And don't even get more started on the other comments. No scenery? Edmonton's river valley has a larger park area than any other major Canadian city if I'm not mistaken. As for nothing to do, there is the fact that Edmonton is one of the greatest festival cities in the world.

Just ridiculous.

mudcrutch79 said...

This "Pronger is having a bastard child" story is gaining steam at a rate I haven't seen since the Comrie nailed Salo's wife story.

Julian said...

There are some pretty wild conspeiracy theories going down over at oilfans, I would have thought they'd be a little more responsible than HF, but apparently not. There's actually a thread going right now about whether Pronger will actually be traded or not.

Julian said...

and this may be the wrong place to ask, but is there any truth at all to the Comrie-Salo story? Is it all based on it being a good story? Strong rumour? weak rumour? Just nod your head and wink at one of those.... I didn't believe it at all, but then i keep hearing it from pretty different places, which makes me kinda have to wonder.....

lowetide said...

The sun is over the yard-arm. Man in trench coat at three o'clock. The quick brown fox is chasing the puck bunny.

Hope that clears everything up.

Pleasure Motors said...

It may be the need to avoid your children crossing paths with their illegitamate half-siblings. Or that Big Orbs is practicing a little bit of Big Love.

Not to go against the lecher train, here, but is it possible that "risk" means something like "crazy stalker dude showing up at his house and threatening his wife and kids"? It would explain why Lauren Pronger hasn't lived here since February, and why they want someplace bigger or less hockey-mad, where they could blend in with the crowd a bit better.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the office gossip today was that he knocked up one of the reporters at A-Channel. Completely unsubstantiated, though.

I don't care who it was - none of them are as hot a Claire Martin. Now there's a TV personality. Raaaaaarrr. Why don't you come over here with your back-to-back weathercaster of the year trophies, hot stuff...

Nestor said...

As a native Edmontonian who has spent most of his adult life in Europe and who is now in semi-permanent exile in Calgary, I claim a superior perspective to all with regards to the Edmonton-Calgary question. And as to the cultural delights of my current home city, I don't think I can put it much better than Will Smith does in Men in Black. Damn.

Anonymous said...

The Orbs have powers we have never seen the likes of before. How are innocent female sports casters and puck bunnies supposed to cope when they are in the very presence of them?

Anonymous said...

Edmonton DOES suck. And that's what's great about it. We have nothing here: no ocean, shitty weather, too far from the mountains, no high-tech economy, etc.

Despite our utter lameness, Edmonton has found a way to become a world-class city. Think how ridiculous that is. Calgary can barely claim superiority and they have better weather and are an hour from the Rockies. They should be kicking our ass and it's a pretty close race. I think this says a lot of Edmonton's character. We've got something here despite all signs that say this really should be the worst place to live next to Regina or Winnipeg.

Long live Edmonton!

mike w said...

>Long live Edmonton!

Agreed. Or at least until the sun explodes.

Colby Cosh said...

Culturally, Edmonton fights Calgary to at least a draw--it's got much better symphonic, choral, and chamber music, better Stones/Floyd/U2-class stadium rock shows, an improving gallery of contemporary art, superior sports, and the Fringe. Just lately even the local alternative music scene is getting ink, which is an astonishing development. Calgary, thanks to the airport hub, has better pop/rock concerts on the club level, plus the Glenbow is a jewel.

But you've got to admit that for hockey players, the extra 2-3 weeks of golf you can work in in Calgary outweighs all this stuff by a factor of about a zillion.

RiversQ said...

I dunno. I've travelled a little bit and I now live in an American city and I'd still go back to Edmonton if given the chance to do what I want careerwise.

Especially if I had a family. Your life's over anyways. ;)

Randy in the Med Hizzo said...

Maybe if Chris Pronger wasn't so busy playing hockey during the initial weeks of patio season? Was he in town for the Fringe? Could the Fringe have a "Chris Frige-r" theme this year?
Honestly, 95 per cent of hockey players have what you'd call "limited cultural needs" so I wouldn't take it too much to heart. As for rumours, almost all of them are 95 per cent BS.
Oh, and Mike, you forgot to mention the smell of human waste that wafts up from the storm grates. And of course Bill Welychka. Really? Bill Welychka?

Anonymous said...

More or less off topic by this point, but it's not too surprising that some Canadian cities are on the Pronged One's list...aside from the St.Louis proximity detector malfunction.

The quote from Lowe was something like "The first choice is south of the border." Ambiguous enough to mean either:
- only south of the border
or
- the first choice--St. Louis is south of the border... ;-) (i.e. St. Louis)

Regardless, kinda funny how TO media interpreted that to mean US only, and then their rapture at being included as an American city while the rest of Canada was shafted... Typical.

- Rod

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Mudcrutch said it all.

Beer and puck bunnies.

What else would any hockey player want?

Culture?

Please.

Neil said...

To judge a book by its cover, Lauren Pronger's needs seem few. A nearby FabuTan, a stock of Nice 'n' Easy "Nordic White", sycophancy...we have all that right here.

As far as trophy wives go, she's the red "Participation" badge you used to get in elementary school fitness testing just for showing up.

Let her go, Chris - Edmonton can raise Jack for you. It takes a village.

Anonymous said...

Edmonton and Calgary both suck. The only reason I live in this Godforsaken province is the oil money. And I'm getting out as soon as I can.

So, to Lauren Pronger, I say "suck it up, buttercup."

Anonymous said...

The reason Pronger's wife wants to leave Edmonton is not b/c she hates the city or the people. Apparently Pronger got a female beat reporter who covers the oilers pregnant. Christy Chorley is her name, and she told Prongs half way through the season. This is why it would be difficult for the Pronger family to settle down in edmonton.

Even in his agent's press conference last night, he said "There is a
very pressing issue that would make it nearly impossible for the prongers to remain in edmonton." And guess what their kids are not sick and neither are their parents.This chorley chick has a website, she is fairly hot. So in retrospect I am not that mad at Prongs or his wife for that matter. Prongs would not be able to focus on hockey and his home life would be difficult, new start where he can inpregnant another city's hot reporter...maybe Nermala Nidoo-Hill from Global Calgary. Pronger has jungle fever.

http://www.christiechorley.com

Dennis said...

That Chorley missus is indeed hot but if I'm Pronger I wouldn't even bother with her. It would be top drawer 4 shore;)

Dennis said...

Just wanted to mention something else...I'm sure Pronger is hearing all these bastard children rumors even whilst in Mexico. But I hope he doesn't get all indignant about them because his agent's totally leaving all doors open for speculation with some of the comments he's making, ie the "pressing" matter.

Randy in the MH said...

...maybe Nermala Nidoo-Hill from Global Calgary. Pronger has jungle fever.

Duuuuude, Firstly, it's "Nirmilla Naidoo." Secondly, fuck you shit-heel.

And while I certainly don't endorse the rumourmill, the Chorley website is totally awesome.

Doogie2K said...

Hm...Chorley's not bad. Not sure if I'd fuck up my marriage for her, but as a single guy, why not?

Jeff J said...

Neil: "...the red "Participation" badge you used to get in elementary school fitness testing just for showing up."

Hey, now! As grade 4 record holder with a 90-second Flexed Arm Hang, I can tell you with authority that the red badge was for Excellence! If you sucked, you only got a certificate of participation.

Anonymous said...

*If* the uncontrollable orbs rumour(s) is/are true, how does moving away from Edmonton fix anything? Or is Edmonton the only NHL city with puck bunnies? Obviously not. A St. Louis puck bunny spent some time in jail for Mike Danton, nevermind Brutus. Does a move keep the the rumour mill quiet? Yeah, that worked...

- Rod

mudcrutch79 said...

If she's pregnant, is she not bound to break this story? Can some of the media types here answer?

Anonymous said...

Insert vague libellous comment here.

Paul O-the O stands for Sports said...

she could not want the uproar that would surround her. Also, she would probably end her career, no one in sports would talk to her again. And imagine what her kid would go through.

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Wait a second, wait a second.

So you fellows are saying that a professional athlete, this Pronger gent, had carnal relations with someone other then his wife.

Hah! Next thing you'll be trying to tell me that my other heroes, Mickey Mantle, Magic Johnson and Ty Cobb also were not pure and virtous.

For shame, chaps, for shame!

Anonymous said...

Just to play devil's advocate:

If she really is pregnant, can't she move? Television news reporting is very transient. Most reporters spend a year in a city starting out before moving on to a bigger market anyway.

Also, they aren't locked into $6 million contracts that have an entire team (and city's) hopes pinned on you staying.

If she's getting child support from Pronger's salary, I'm pretty sure she could afford to live anywhere in North America. I don't know if this rumour makes any sense.

On the other hand, if Pronger did get a reporter pregnant, perhaps they just need to suck it up and realize that moving to another city isn't going to make the problem go away either.

James from Fort Sask said...

Betrayal, thy name is Pronger.

Anonymous said...

I hope no one is taking this anonymous commenter and his baseless, and certainly libelous, accusations seriously. Dude can't even get behind it himself.

Crammit said...

I heard through the grapevine in the lab that Chris Pronger's wife was banging another edmonton oiler and that's why he wants to move. Discuss.

Anonymous said...

Well, I heard through the grapevine that Pronger was systematically banging every member of the Edmonton Oilers, and it was cheaper to move him than the entire team. DISCUSS THAT, BITCHES.

chris!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the Oilers have shut down speculation on the issue on their message boards:

http://www.edmontonoilers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16164&sid=9221f5887908cd151b2a14b17862c1ac

Anonymous said...

Well, the reason Pronger's wife wants to leave Edmonton is not b/c she
hates the city or the people. Apparently Pronger got a female beat
reporter who covers the oilers pregnant. Christy Chorley is her name,
and she told Prongs half way through the season.
http://www.christiechorley.com This is why it would be difficult for the
Pronger family to settle down in edmonton.

Even in his agent's press conference last night, he said "There is a
very pressing issue that would make it nearly impossible for the
prongers to remain in edmonton." And guess what their kids are not sick
and neither are their parents.This chorley chick has a website, she is
fairly hot. So in retrospect I am not that made at Prongs or his wife
for that matter. Prongs would not be able to focus on hockey and his
home life would be difficult, new start where he can inpregnant another
city's hot reporter...maybe Nermala Nidoo-Hill from Global Calgary.
Pronger has jungle fever.

James from Fort Sask said...

Well done, anonymous, cut and paste 4tw!

And the Oilers message board on www.edmontonoilers.com is now restricting discussion due to threatened legal action from third parties named in their threads. That's what I get out of it, anyways.

http://www.edmontonoilers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=16164&sid=af5e091cb7ea416053dbdfcdbc87d7b6

Anonymous said...

Geez "anonymous". Posting the same allegation multiple times on multiple blogs on multiple threads doesn't make it more true. You do realize you've spammed this thread twice with the same crap... Too busy jumping from site to site to site to keep track? Dumb ass. Find something else to do with your time. Besides, even if it was true, how does a trade request "fix" the problem? Does it prevent baseless, gutter allegations like yours? Does Edmonton have the puck bunny market cornered? Give it a rest already. You're a bigger joke than this trade "request"...

- Rod

mike w said...

Okay guys, here's the real dirt:

Chris Pronger had to leave town because he got Bob Layton pregnant one night on a EPS helicopter tour. Pronger thought he'd made it clear that it was a one-hump deal, but apparently Layton's hanging outside his place and calling him all the time.

Feel free to post this anonymously on Oilfans or the HF Boards: the truth must get out!

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

I can't believe Bob slept with Pronger!

That lying bitch!

Vic Ferrari said...

If I was a local weather girl for CityTV I think I'd be posting on the internet implicating myself, even if I'd never even met Chris Pronger. You just can't buy this kind of publicity.

In any case I'm hoping that there is some drama somewhere. Any one of these would be fine as a central theme: buggery, gang bang, wife swapping, violent stalker, lesbian sex video, pregnant teen. Because the "Lauren is unhappy here" angle ... that got boring in about ten minutes.

MikeP said...

I think I'd give the stalker rumour more credence than the sex one, myself, if only because it's at least slightly original.

Or, if we're being fucktards, I'll make something up too. Lauren Pronger impregnated Bill Comrie, and now The Brick needs her to leave town. Chris helped - he held the turkey baster - and now Ethan Moreau is jealous because he'd been considering requesting a trade, since he didn't really roll his ankle, Pronger destroyed it like he did Cleary on the end boards against Detroit this playoff run. Meanwhile, Marty Reasoner's just happy to have been traded because Ryan Smyth was threatening to mess him up for taking away the team "pretty boy" spot from him.

How was that?

I'd suspect the real reason for the Oilers shutting down discussion is the only people who really know the reasons are the Prongers and Lowe, maybe a couple of teammates, and probably Pronger's agent. And they aren't talking. So there's no point in allowing a potentially libellous discussion to go on, since everybody's just talking out of their ass. Kinda like I just did up above, or Al Strachan does most every day he writes a column.

Coluch said...

First of all, you guys really should link to this article on your main page! --->
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/49761

Secondly,
Forget the rumours. Pronger is a professional athlete, he SIGNED a deal and gets paid LOTS of money to play in Edmonton! Where the fuck does he get off going "please trade meee, I have an excuse, etc etc..."? I'm sorry, but I don't care WHAT the situation is, this is unprofessional BULLSHIT! He signed a fucking deal and makes millions of dollars!

Fuck you Pronger, get the fuck out of my Oilers jersey. You don't even deserve to say you ever played for us. Is it OK if i call you Eric Lindros, you spoiled bitch? I always hoped the Oilers would get a cup after the run this year, but NOW I REALLY DO. Without you, in the most poetic Lindros-esque way imaginable. Now go get 9 concussions and fuck off. I wish it could be different, because you were a good leader on the ice, but you're obviously a douchebag and that just doesn't GEL with the Oilers philosophy. Fuckhead. I can't explain how angry this makes me - based on principle and the fact that Kevin Lowe honouring this "request" will set a horrible precedent for future such "requests".

Jes Gőlbez said...

Wow, 'coluch', is your post a complete parody or are you a total ass? Yeah, Pronger deserves personal injury because he dares to want to play somewhere else besides your home town.


because you were a good leader on the ice, but you're obviously a douchebag and that just doesn't GEL with the Oilers philosophy. So, because he wants to be traded means he's a poor leader and doesn't fit the Oilers philosophy (Whatever the hell that is). Uh-huh.

Take a step back. Read your comments, and hopefully, you will realize how dumb you look.

PS: That news girl is definitely not worth breaking up a marriage for.

Randy in the Med Hizzo said...

You guys just helped me remember why I wanted to move out of Edmonton -- "Oilers Philosophy" and bitch-talk. Enjoy the oil-boom while it lasts, you miserable bastards.

Alex said...

Copied and pasted from Christie Chorley's website:

"OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM CHRISTIE CHORLEY

JUNE 29, 2006



ANY RUMORS AND/OR SPECULATION ABOUT MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CURRENT CHRIS PRONGER SITUATION IS COMPLETELY, ONE-HUNDRED PERCENT FALSE.



I would appreciate your help in putting an end to my name being linked to this situation, as it is completely WITHOUT ANY MERIT OR FACTUAL BASIS.



Any further slander or defamation can and will result in swift legal action.



Thank you."

Anonymous said...

That email is incorrect - Pronger doesn't have 'jungle fever', what he has is 'jungle gym' fever. Apparently Edmonton with our cold winters isn't the best place to indulge. He found that his junk was getting stuck to them too frequently. Lauren Pronger is just looking out for him and his 'orbs of power'. Really, she's a hero.

Anonymous said...

What do the three most reviled ex-Oilers in history have in common? Pronger, Comrie and Arnott all skipped town after ejaculating into the wrong women.

Anonymous said...

How about Pronger staying in Edmonton, and shacking up with Chortley, after putting the boots to Lauren?

Anonymous said...

So, anonymous, a little slow on the uptake...except when speculative, unsubstantiated, gutter rumours are spreading... I see you missed the statement that alex1987 posted above from Christie Chorley's website. Too difficult to type the URL into your browser? OK, here's a link...

- Rod

Anonymous said...

I think if Pronger hated Edmoton so much They should trade him to Calgary that'll teach him a lesson

Coluch said...

Umm, I stick by my anger, even though it was a 'heat of the moment thing'.
Jes Golbez - I never said he was a poor leader, I actually said he was a great leader. He still is, on the ice. But his lack of professional integrity makes him a douchebag and THAT is what doesn't gel with the Oilers way - No douchebags. (there is some comedy in this comment mr. take me too seriously)
Also, 'randy in the med hizzo' should know that I'm not from Edmonton, and have never been to Edmonton, so he should put his E-town hate away and hate me if he wants.

Anyway, my post was a rant. A rant from an angry fan that finds the lack of professionalism (in backing out on a 5-year contract) deplorable. The cards have been stacked against the Oilers for so long (since the early-mid 90's). A city that narrowly dodged losing their team, was then subject to the small-market-curse and a condemnation to lose all the talent they developed when the price became too high. Finally we have the help of a salary-cap to alleviate that, and now this happens. The league's top defenseman wants out, and so we take another blow. It took all of 3 days for Gary Roberts to do the same thing in Florida, and it feels like it will become the norm that players will ask for trades. Eventually in this type of hypothetical world, I can see Edmonton getting left in the dust, not that this will actually become the norm, but the notion scares me.

Bottom-line is that I hate Pronger's approach, considering the facts. Klowe said he knew of Pronger's 'situation' all season, but hoped that after the playoffs things would be better. Things weren't better, whatever that refers to, and I'm left wondering why Pronger signed a 5-year deal in the first place if there was a 'situation'? *sigh* The truth is I would love him to stay, and as a fan that has finally seen some success, it hurts that one of our stars could want out, and it hurts more that he doesn't even care that he signed a deal, and it hurts EVEN MORE that it's so soon after the cup run.

Anyway, I am cooled down now, and not as angry as I once was (with all the smack-talk and whatnot, even though smack-talk is fun) but I defend my heart of hearts feeling that fuelled all of this - Oilers first.

Now seriously. Fuck. Stop judging me for being passionate and having fun with my frustration.

Anonymous said...

Ironically, Chrsity Chorley's website resume includes a film credit for ... The Other Woman (Movie of Week), Oxygen Network. Actor. October 2002.

Anonymous said...

Culture: the club used by those who are useless to knock down those that are useful.