Monday, July 03, 2006

That's it?

Chris Pronger has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks, Sportsnet has confirmed.

Sportsnet sources say the Edmonton Oilers will receive forward Joffrey Lupul, prospect Ladislav Smid and a conditional draft pick in exchange for the defenceman.

I gotta say, I'm underwhelmed, and if I'm an Oilers fan, I'm disappointed with the return. Sure, future help is great and all, but Oilers fans must've gotten their fill of trading away franchise players for young return back in the 90's. After going to the Cup, I have to think they want to compete again this year for the prize and it'll be a lot more difficult without Pronger, even with Lupul on the wing to score 30 goals.

And as a Sens fan, I wonder, was John Muckler involved? Did he make a pitch? Eklund says the Sens were in the hunt, but he's sort of a lying douche so that doesn't mean anything.

What we could offer can be debated, but surely, a deal featuring Martin Havlat (already on the way out anyway), Chris Phillips (UFA next season and, in this market, will probably cost $4-$5 mil, so he's gonzo as well), and some highly touted prospect (Brian Lee? Nick Foligno? half of Patrick Eaves?) would intrigue Oilers fans more than this. Hell, I'd even throw in a draft pick or two.

Aw well.


At 1:50 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I read somewhere that Pronger didn't really want to play in Ottawa and that Toronto was the only Canadian team he wanted to go to.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Hmmm. I had heard that Ottawa & Toronto were okay but maybe I just WANTED to hear that.

That said, does Pronger have a no-trade? What's he going to do, refuse to report for camp is he's dealt to a team?

His image has already taken enough of a hit as it is. I have to think he would've sucked it up had he been traded here or somewhere else he wasn't wishing for.

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I think Pronger has a no trade clause in his contract. I am not sure if the reports of him not wanting to come to Ottawa are true or not but I did read them somewhere (and not from Eklund). But with the Ottawa rumours out there it makes you wonder if that was true or not. We'll probably never know.

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous tomd said...

one you would have thought that Edmonton would have made sure to trade him to an eastern conference club

two...the word "raped" is the one being used by oiler blogs


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