November 17, 2010
Chris Pronger's(notes) game-puck kleptomania may have stolen the headlines in last night's Philadelphia Flyers' loss at the Montreal Canadiens, but it wasn't the only contentious moment after the final buzzer.
"He's a guy that's come in the League and hasn't earned respect. It's just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he's better than a lot of people. You have to earn respect in this League. It takes a lot. You can't just come in here as a rookie and play like that. It's not the way to get respect from other players around the League.
"Hopefully someone on their team addresses it, because, uh, I'm not saying I'm going to do it but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky."
Let's face it: Mike Richards is an expert witness on this matter. He's played the game on the edge since entering the League, and likely has a few more enemies than friends because of it. But he also dropped the gloves five times as a rookie, including for his first brawl against former teammate and solid enforcer Arron Asham(notes). In other words: He earned respect.
That said, Starr made this point on Twitter: "With Richards saying what he said post-game on Subban tells me PK is doing a great job and Richards paid him a compliment."
Meanwhile, Scott Hartnell(notes) of the Flyers made a rather stunning accusation after the game about being choked out during a scrum in the crease against the Canadiens. Houses Of The Hockey had the audio and analysis:
For the record, it's totally inappropriate to cross the line like that when wrestling on the ice. Unless you're biting Kris Letang.
By the way: Lapierre is on pace for 241 PIMs this season. And the Habs visit the Flyers next Monday night. Good times all around.