Was the Pronger Trade Worth it?
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07-06-2010, 05:15 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Barring some immediate slowdown or burning of the team by his contract later, you cannot answer anything other than YES here.
You have to look at the pieces at the time, the 21st pick in a not-so-deep draft, a DMan who was a couple years from regular duty on a team with solid defense already, an oft-injured/high-priced winger who was expendable, a mid-round pick and a late first (which turned out to be VERY late ... though a good prospect was available).
I am a huge fan of Etem but it still wound up being #29 overall, on paper the Ducks looked boned there once we made the Finals, that they'd have limited chance of salvaging anything apart from Sbisa from the deal.
Pronger is not just one of the best rearguards in the NHL, he is one of the best players period. It was a steal, the usual bitter betties are in here pissing and moaning but apart from the potential bungle with the over-35 clause (which few have bothered mentioning) there is literally NO way you can answer no or even maybe to the question at hand.
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