Has Chris Pronger Been Traded to L.A.?


Has Chris Pronger been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and the 5th overall draft pick?

I’ve been updating this situation since Andy Strickland first broke the story, and at this point it’s an awfully tangled web, so I thought that it might be a good idea to list the two sides (“yes, the trade happened/is going to happen” and “no trade has not happened/Hockeybuzz is stupid/The Score isn’t a real network”) of the story, and link to any analysis.

Pronger Has Been Traded

  • Andy Strickland believed that it happened, then his post was deleted, then a new post appeared that said something might happen but he doesn’t know what. I refuse to link to his current report for obvious reasons.
  • Steve Ludzik of The Score says it’s a done deal.

Pronger Has Not Been Traded

I Can Add

So, since I like reducing everything to math, here’s how I see it:

Dean Lombardi + Bob Murray + Chris Pronger + Canwest + Sportsnet + TSN >>>>>>> an iffy Andy Strickland + The Score

Given the current situation (you know, the day the Stanley Cup gets awarded) I wouldn’t expect to see Murray and Lombardi acknowledging the deal. On the other hand, I’d expect some verbal dancing; not vehement denials.

In other words, while there is a slight possibility that this trade happens, logic overwhelmingly says that the backtracking reporter and Canada’s #3 sports network are wrong, and everybody involved is right.

  • Hippy

    Can't be confirmed until tomorrow as per the finals trade freeze (I think Ferraro said this). TSN also said that Crawford wasn't gonna be the head coach in Dallas, but guess what?

  • Hippy

    I would be more willing to believe this story if there had been another story run prior about how Dean Lombardi, a vocal critic of helmet laws, had recently had reason to reconsider that stance after striking his unprotected melon at high speed.

    This trade makes zero sense, so while I would like to believe it true, I have to compare it to the fact that I'd also like to believe that Santa's coming to see me this winter, Wanye is a bored millionaire who frequently rewards witty posts with cash, and a project is underway to erase all reference to Rosanne Barr from the annals of North American history.

  • Hippy

    Shaun wrote:

    Pronger is still a douchebag

    Lombardi refused to comment on that as well.

    *mentally filing anything to do with Pronger onto my 'don't care' pile*

  • Hippy

    The only math that matters, when it comes to Pronger, is:
    Lauren Pronger + Los Angeles = 🙂 ⇒ Chris Pronger = an LA King

    Seriously, true or not, I could see it happening.
    -Would be a brutal deal for the Kings.
    -Would be a great deal for the Ducks. With the emergence of Hiller and Bobby Ryan, talk about a successful mini-rebuild!

  • Hippy

    I'm guessing this leaked too early and it's being covered up until after game 7. At least we'll find out soon enough. If I was the Kings, I'd be demanding the Ducks 1st at least. Pronger for Johnson and #5 makes no sense to me. Pronger and Doughty would make a fine #1 pairing, but rakeboy doesn't have a contract for long enough.