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June 23, 2006

Sportsnet.ca -- The Oilers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals may ultimately end with the trade of one of the team's biggest contributors: Chris Pronger.

According to Sportsnet sources, Pronger wants out.

The defenceman is believed to have some personal issues that may be alleviated by a move.

Neither the Oilers nor the Pronger camp will comment on the matter with respect to the hulking defenceman's privacy. However, it is believed Pronger made his position clear with Edmonton's management before departing for a vacation Friday morning.

Word of his unrest surfaced prior to the playoffs, and with it the understanding that trade discussions between Pronger and Kevin Lowe had taken place during the season.

However, the Oilers run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final overshadowed Pronger's personal battles and it was hoped Edmonton's post-season success would help soothe his geographic battles.

Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case and the topic was raised earlier this week.

"He wants out," a source close to the situation told Sportsnet.

Question is, will the Oilers appease Pronger or hold him accountable to a contract that has four years remaining?

It most certainly will be a hot topic of discussion this weekend at the Entry Draft; lumped in with the ongoing speculation around Roberto Luongo's future in Florida.

Knowing the situation, maybe a Pronger for Luongo swap makes sense? Assuming of course, Pronger and family would relocate to Florida and Luongo will agree to any multi-year deal.

Perhaps a move back to St. Louis is what the player is after?

Regardless, Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers hold the cards and if trade is considered this weekend, the asking price will be understandably high.
 

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WOW! talk about cashing in. Pronger was an animal in the finals. I can think of a few teams that he'd fit nicely with. Hopefully none of them are in the east, unless of course he wants to come to Raleigh:rolleyes:
 

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June 23, 2006

Sportsnet.ca -- The Oilers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals may ultimately end with the trade of one of the team's biggest contributors: Chris Pronger.

According to Sportsnet sources, Pronger wants out.

The defenceman is believed to have some personal issues that may be alleviated by a move.

Neither the Oilers nor the Pronger camp will comment on the matter with respect to the hulking defenceman's privacy. However, it is believed Pronger made his position clear with Edmonton's management before departing for a vacation Friday morning.

Word of his unrest surfaced prior to the playoffs, and with it the understanding that trade discussions between Pronger and Kevin Lowe had taken place during the season.

However, the Oilers run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final overshadowed Pronger's personal battles and it was hoped Edmonton's post-season success would help soothe his geographic battles.

Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case and the topic was raised earlier this week.

"He wants out," a source close to the situation told Sportsnet.

Question is, will the Oilers appease Pronger or hold him accountable to a contract that has four years remaining?

It most certainly will be a hot topic of discussion this weekend at the Entry Draft; lumped in with the ongoing speculation around Roberto Luongo's future in Florida.

Knowing the situation, maybe a Pronger for Luongo swap makes sense? Assuming of course, Pronger and family would relocate to Florida and Luongo will agree to any multi-year deal.

Perhaps a move back to St. Louis is what the player is after?

Regardless, Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers hold the cards and if trade is considered this weekend, the asking price will be understandably high.
The sad thing about all of this is that pronger left st louis because of the teams cost cuttings before the teams sale.which we all know how bad the blues were this year. i dont know if pronger would go back to st louis. but there is a new ownership there so time will tell on this matter.
 

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McKenzie: Pay up for Pronger

Once the news broke that Chris Pronger wanted out of Edmonton, the Oilers did not waste any time initiating the trade process.

On Saturday at the NHL Entry Draft, the Oilers dropped off little slips of paper at the draft tables of teams the Oilers have targeted as potential trading partners. On each slip were names of players the Oilers are interested in getting in exchange for Pronger.

Not surprisingly, the price is steep: a quality forward, a quality defenceman and a first round draft pick.

Ten to 12 teams are said to be legitimately interested but only half that many are likely equipped to make the deal, which in a perfect world gets made sooner rather than later, quite possibly in the next three or four days.

If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to get it done, it will have to happen before Saturday.

That's when Tomas Kaberle's no trade clause kicks in and he would most certainly be part of any package going to Edmonton, although the Leafs and Oilers have been told in no uncertain terms that Kaberle would not be amused by the prospect of a trade.

Complicating the Pronger trade scenario is that the same teams interested in Pronger are also interested in the bevy of unrestricted free agent defencemen who become available on Saturday. That includes Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden and Ed Jovanovski amongst others.

In fact, the Oilers would like to be part of that party. If the team could sign a veteran defenceman, say Wade Redden, to offset Pronger's absence, it would give the Oilers greater flexibility to take younger players in the Pronger trade package.

That would give teams like Anaheim, with a surplus of young guns like Joffrey Lupul, Dustin Penner, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, or Florida with Jay Bouwmeester, Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and Anthony Stewart, or San Jose with Milan Michalek, Matt Carle, Steve Bernier and Devin Setoguchi, amongst others, the inside track on Pronger.

The New York Rangers, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and the Maple Leafs are other teams with varying degrees of interest in the big blueliner.

Now the Oilers would dearly love to get this done as soon as possible, and they'll be working hard to make it happen in the next few days.

But if it isn't done by Saturday or Sunday, it's reasonable to assume Edmonton may have to wait considerably longer than that to let free agency take its course, see who gets shut out and who is prepared to come back knocking on the Oilers' door.

For TSN.ca, I'm Bob McKenzie.
 
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