I won’t take it personally that Petr Prucha says he doesn’t pay much attention to what’s being written about the team, or more specifically, him.
If anything with Prucha it’s a necessary measure of self-preservation. During most of the last few seasons and definitely during the Mats Sundin Saga, Prucha’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors. But because he’s been able to shut most of it out, he hasn’t let it affect him.
“I’m not reading newspapers, so I don’t know what’s being said,” he told me today. “If you start reading the bad things about you, then you start thinking it’s true. That’s not going to help you get back in the game. You should be focusing on hockey, not the other stuff around hockey. So I was just trying not to focus on what I was hearing in the locker room from (the media) or my friends. I think that helped me. It would probably lower my confidence if I read some of that stuff.”
I’ll have a full story on Prucha in tomorrow’s paper. The kid has been great the past half-dozen games. One would think he’s earned himself a job for the time being….