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• Whether Chris Pronger ultimately gets to the Stanley Cup finals and wins a Conn Smythe Trophy is moot. He's our early nominee for media MVP. No one has as much fun jousting with the media as Pronger, who has had his fair share of media to deal with in the past year after leaving Edmonton in the hours after the Oilers' playoff run ended in Game 7 of the Cup finals. But this is no snarky, chip-on-the-shoulder petulance; this is honest-to-goodness, give-and-take fun.
On Thursday, Pronger was asked by a Canadian television reporter why he thought Anaheim netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere wasn't getting the recognition his statistics suggested he was due.
"I think I can turn that around and ask you that question. Why are you not covering him?" Pronger asked with a smile. "Are you not giving him his due? Why are you not out there doing a period piece and story on J.S. Giguere?
"You look at the goalies that are left. Hasek is getting a lot of press; he plays in Detroit, he gets a lot of coverage. I think Giggy is getting some great coverage down in our market. But I think a lot of you East Coast folks haven't really warmed up to the fact that you want to come down and see us in California. You only want to talk about us when we're over here in the East."You go, Chris. • Who knew that three times would be a charm? Dominik Hasek has yet to finish this season and he's already being asked if he'd like to return to Detroit for another go-round. GM Ken Holland has reportedly indicated he'd like to have the 42-year-old soon-to-be free agent back. As for Hasek, he's not thinking beyond the next few weeks. "I heard about it. I think during the playoffs, I don't think it's a good time to talk about it," Hasek said Thursday. "My teammates asked me a few times and I say, 'You know guys, now we have to focus on the game.' We'll see. We'll sit down after the playoffs and make a decision."
-- Scott Burnside
"There's no doubt in my mind, for most of this season, these are the two best teams [in the conference]," Olczyk said. ... in the end. As it should be. Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com