It seems wherever Chris Pronger goes, Lord Stanley is sure to follow.
The same can't be said for Chicago Blackhawk forward Marian Hossa. Prongs has been luckier than Hossa, but Hossa is now in his third straight Stanley Cup finals, having lost the previous two with Pittsburgh and Detroit respectively. Lets hope to make it three in a row… Pronger is on a similar run, but he hoisted a Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 over Ray Emery and the Ottawa Senators.
Pronger was traded from the St. Louis Blues after the lockout season to the Edmonton Oilers. He proceeded to lead them to a birth in the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes. That series went seven games, but former Flyer Rod Brind'amour and the Canes came away with the hardware. Pronger was then traded to the Ducks, who won the cup in his first season there. Now, in his first year with the Flyers he is back in the finals.
Hossa on the other hand, played for the Atlanta Trashers, who much like the Dallas Cowboys over the past decade, couldn't buy a playoff win. The "Trashers" traded Hossa to the Penguins, who advanced to the cup against the Detroit Red Wings, but the Wings came out on top. Wanting a Cup, Hossa signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings before last season and returned to the Cup with the Wings against his former Penguins, but "Sid the Skid" and the rest of those red-headed step children topped the Wings in seven games. Hossa is now 0-for-2. Before this season, Hossa signed a 12-year deal with the Blackhawks and has returned for the third straight year to the finals.
Cups for Pronger — 1, Cups for Hossa — 0. Let's make it 0-for-3 for Hossa and the rest of the Hawks. Consider this revenge for them stealing our number one pick and getting Kane (but I won't complain about JVR). Let's go Flyers and in the famous words of Phillies' outfielder Jayson Werth, "This is the year you play your whole career for."