i think the whole idea of pronger being a rental is moot because he is not a ufa at the end of this season. pronger doesn't turn 30 until october 10, 2004. to be ufa eligible (for players making his kind of money) the person in question needs to be 31 before july 1. quite simply, hahn is wrong and he should be embarassed to have printed such a huge error.
p.s. please correct anything above that is incorrect regarding my understanding of the current cba.
At the very worst, they could qualify Pronger and send him packing via a trade over the summer. I'm sure some team would take him.
Crew (and disles1), sometimes you have to take a chance in life. Add Pronger to this current roster without dismantleing the core, and you have a serious conference contender. This spring. There, I said it. Because I believe it to be 100% true.
Not directed at you Crew, but it cracks me up that some people are CERTAIN there will be a lockout, but are not willing to even guess that it will lead to more favorable terms for owners, and, by extension in this hypothetical, NYI, in any future dealings with Pronger. But then again, some are already writing off NYI's playoff chances before they even qualify, so go figure.
Likewise, if one is comparing the market value of a high priced Dman like Pronger to a high priced, enigmatic (of recent years) Jagr or Bure or Lindros, you are mistaken. Defensemen have significantly more value than do forwards. Why are several teams rumored to be after Pronger right now, as opposed to a "competition" of basically one team (NYR) when it came to those other aforementioned high-priced players?
The CP reports that the St. Louis Blues are not shopping star defenceman Chris Pronger ahead of next Tuesday's NHL trade deadline, despite rumors to the contrary.
"All I'll I can tell is that I don't know where those rumours are coming from," an agitated Larry Pleau, general manager of the Blues, told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. "We would like Chris to be here a long time."