Ducks likely to trade Pronger

TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes that it is a good bet that the Ducks will trade Pronger at some point in the near future. If Pronger is not traded before March fourth it is likely that he will be traded in the summer.

Another player who McKenzie mentions as likely to be moved by the Ducks is Chris Kunitz. By trading Pronger or Kunitz McKenzie belie3ves that the Ducks will have a better chance to resign Scott Neidermayer for another years.

HTR believes that Pronger could push a team over the edge and allow them to win the cup. Pronger is huge, talented, has offensive and defensive skills, plays mean and tough and has plenty of playoff experience.

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29 Responses to Ducks likely to trade Pronger

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    If he is on the market, IF, I think it is a no brainer he becomes the most attractive player available. He has won a cup and can still change a series. NOBODY likes to play against him which is huge. Pronger would allow the Ducks cap relief and bring good players, prospects and picks. He could also drive up the price of other players from knee jerk reactions by GMs, feeling they need to counter his pick up. I think but could be very wrong.

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    Trade Pronger and Kunitz to sign Neidermayer for another year?  Is the Ducks organization crazy?  Oh man… I hope they are that stupid. 

  3. Kramer says:

    The trade-rumor-to-trade-completion ratio has been soaring since the salary cap. It's all part of a big commie conspiracy.

  4. pezzz123 says:

    He's the only Duck d-man under contract for next year. So before they trade him, they will have to resign Nieds, Huskins, sign two UFA and get two d-men in the Pronger trade.

    Bottom line : unlikely.

  5. RossCreek says:

    Why do they have to resign Huskins and "acquire their 6 d-men" for next year before they trade Pronger? Yet with Pronger, its ok that he is the only one signed?? Obviously they are gonna want a good package for him, likely including at least one good, young (perhaps cheap, but at least cheaper than Prongs) d-man. If Niedermeyer wants to play again next year (in Anahiem), then yes signing him to an extension first would be likely.

    When you look at what the Ducks gave up for Pronger – young scoring forward (Lupul), young defense prospect (Smid), and a couple 1st's – I's say they are looking to replace that. Ironic that Lupul has been mentioned as a guy the Ducks would like. More ironic, Philli could dangle him back to the Ducks in a Pronger deal (along with Carle and JVR? maybe Parent is of interest as well).

  6. RossCreek says:

    They also have D Sheldon Brookbank (oh no! not Sheldon Brookbank, lol) under contract as they recently picked him up from the Devils.

  7. RossCreek says:

    I don't think its a question of IF, if McKenzie thinks its a possibilty. Him and J-Bo could cause a chain reaction – say Philli picks one of them up, i would say its a certainty that one of the Bruins, Devils or somebody else in the East makes a strong pitch for the other all of the sudden. Not to mention IF J-Bo is off the market, not to be moved (which I do not believe), then the Ducks just upped their ante for Pronger. Either way, I see the Ducks landing a nice package for Pronger.

  8. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think if given the choice and somehow Washington ends up with him, all I can say is WOW!!1 I know they play the games for a reason, but with Pronger, who is gonna beat them? If it is them I think you are right it starts a chain reaction, who then pays what for who trying to keep up?

  9. KingCanada says:

    "By trading Pronger or Kunitz McKenzie belie3ves that the Ducks will have a better chance to resign Scott Neidermayer for another years. "

    KingCanada believes that the Ducks have 22 million in cap space for next year so McKenzie might be talking out of his arse.  Pronger is the only defenceman that they DO have under contract for next year.  Granted theyd need to sign another 4 defencemen which can include Neids but I dont think that would end up being 22 million.

    Offer 6 to Neids and 1.5-3.5 range to the 3 others and they STILL have space to get another impact forward.  Kunitz has never been a favorite of mine but he is relatively innexpensive and isnt having a career year where people would be lining up to take a LT contract so trading him seems useless IMO.

  10. RossCreek says:

    The Ducks currently have $35.8 million tied up in 11 players for next season (7 forwards, 2 defensemen, 2 goalies). Scott Niedermeyer, Francois Beauchemin & the checking line (Pahlsson, Moen & Rob Niedermeyer) are their biggest UFA'a. The Ducks are looking to rebuild quickly like the Flyers did (without sinkins as low as they did). They got Getzlaf & Perry (much like Richards & Carter in Philli) to build around. If Scott is coming back, they would look at moving Pronger to restock their depth.

    They're only gonna do it if the package is good. Its not like their moving him for nothing. They need secondary scoring (they haven't had a decent 2nd line since moving Andy McDonald) & a younger, cheaper defenseman, not to mention a solid prospect and/or 1st round pick.

    With the emergence of Bobby Ryan (signed for another year at 1.9), the Ducks could look at moving Kunitz (3.725, 3 more yrs.) for the 2nd line center they need.

  11. papichulo71 says:

    Was: Chris Pronger

    Ana: 1st-2009, 1st-2010, Karl Alzner

  12. RossCreek says:

    Yup. Crosby is gonna be berry, berry upset when Ovechkin has a ring (or two!!) before he does.

  13. RossCreek says:

    Alzner & a 1st would definately have to be part of the package, but I think the Ducks would want a legitimate NHLer (or 2) rather than the second 1st. I could be wrong. Perhaps Shaone Morrison, Tomas Fleischmann & maybe even a 2nd instead. The Caps are up against the cap as well, and would need to move Nylander in order to make that deal. The Ducks wouldn't have any interest in him IMO, so they would have to move him elsewhere first. Could they land a 2nd for him and is anyone willing to take him (4.875, 2 more yrs.)??

  14. FrankTheTank3388 says:

    Does he have a no trade clause? If he doesn't, I'm sure a lot more teams would like to get him so they can trade him in the offseason to free up their own cap. I'd love to see him come to Boston, something like this:

    To Anaheim : Lashoff or Stuart, Colborne, and a 1st round pick.
    To Boston: Pronger

    I think this would be a very fair trade. Lashoff has the potential to be a top 4 puck moving d-man, Colborne could be a top 2 center in 3-4 years and they get a 1st pick to add another good prospect. I know Boston will have major cap issues next season so they could try to trade him off to another team for maybe just a 1st and even move up in the draft.

  15. ZeroX93 says:

    ANA:Jay Bouwmeester(signing insurance)

    FLA:Pronger, 1st rounder

    I would laugh at the rest of the NHL!

  16. K-Mill says:

    Please send Pronger to NYR!

  17. Dunski23 says:

    That is probably the best trade I have heard with the Bruins in it so far. Colborne will be a top 6 forward and both Stuart and Lashoff have top 4 potential so which ever they send is a good player. I don't see him staying here next year so you get the 1st back before the draft possibly for better draft posistion
    Chara     Ward
    Pronger   Wideman
    Ference   Hnidy/Hunwick

    That is a damn good top 6

  18. NHLSlayer says:

    I don't think ANYONE is interested in Nylander, not even if he was free.

    Seriously, until this article, I didn't realize he was still in the NHL!  Any chance of seeing Nylander swapped for Rucinsky?  Does he still play?

  19. cam7777 says:

    no, you're right.  if Pronger lands anywhere in the East, Kaberle will become the most valuable trade commodity on the market.  for example, if Washington landed Pronger, then Philly, Boston, New Jersey, Montreal and maybe the Rangers would all feel threatened enough to blow the bank on a puck moving defensemen like Kabs…

    and not just Kaberle, but pretty much any high end d-man will become extremely pricey…

  20. cam7777 says:

    Kunitz is overpaid and Pronger is hurting the team chemistry.  Scott Niedermayer is the real deal there, if you ever watch the Ducks play.  He puts that team on his back every night.  Pronger has become a penalty nuisance and a big shot from the point (ie. Kubina). 

  21. cam7777 says:

    They don't have to sign those guys before trading them, but they would be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn't.  Imagine the contract negotiations w/ the likes of Niedermayer and Beauchemin.  "So, we kinda need you guys to resign…"  "Okay, but it's gonna cost ya!"

    They've placed any d-man who they might want to sign in a highly favorable bargaining position.  Pronger not only gives them an anchor on the back-end, but a powerful measuring stick.  "So Pronger is worth 6.25 million….how much do you think that makes you worth?"

  22. cam7777 says:

    they were supposedly interested in Mikhail Grabovski at one point.  Might be something to keep in mind…

  23. Leafmonkey says:

    i dont think they would give up 3 first rounders for him especially not including alzner a former top 5 pick

  24. RossCreek says:

    Lol. You may be right

  25. FlamingHomer says:

    I would like to see him go to Calgary just to hear the reaction he would get when the Flames visited Rectal Place.

  26. RossCreek says:

    TheFourth Period: "With the amount of cap space the Capitals have, they don't necessarily need to move someone like Nylander to fit a big contract under the cap. If the Capitals wait until March 4 to make a trade, they'll have 17 games left in the schedule. Effectively, the Capitals can bring in a player making $7 million in total salary, as he'll only be due about $1.45 million. There aren't many players with that type of salary out there, but someone like Chris Pronger could be very interesting. — David Pagnotta."

  27. Tachmo says:

    It really is a good defence core. The best by far in the last 15 years. As a long time Bruins fan, I want them to make a deal for Pronger. Since they have Chara already and then adding Pronger makes that d core really strong. I see teams really having trouble playing against either Chara and Pronger all game. It seems to me the asking price would get substantial on deadline day, because I can't see the top dogs letting Boston acquire Pronger.

  28. I_hate_LA says:

    If the Ducks do sell, I hope Pronger lands the Ducks at least two 1st round picks

  29. HABSSTAR says:

    Ok, those could be valid points.  I don't watch the Ducks games.  If that is the case then I would suggest that it is reason enough to trade them. 

    Not to hold on to an aging D-man so he can play one more year then retire and leave you without the services of three decent players.

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