Leafs linked to Pronger
There is more information Saturday on Chris Pronger and the possibility that he might be traded before the deadline.
According to The Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, there are all sorts of whispers this weekend that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke might be trying to acquire Pronger from Anaheim.
Garrioch states that Ducks GM Bob Murray might try to move the blue liner if the Ducks fall out of playoff contention.
Garrioch adds that it might make sense to bring in an experienced D like Pronger.
In my view, I disagree with Garrioch. With the Leafs currently re-building, what is the sense in pursuing a 34-year old defenceman? By the time the Leafs are Stanley Cup contenders again, Pronger will likely be on the decline.
Would it not make more sense for the Leafs to pursue 25-year old Jay Bouwmeester in July?
The Leafs would not have to give up anything to sign him as an UFA, plus he’s young enough that he’s likely to still be in his prime when the Leafs are contending again.
As I mentioned yesterday, the Leafs should be stock-piling draft picks right now, not acquiring veterans past their prime.