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Edmonton columnist revisits Pronger trade, confirms Oilers made out well

Nov 30, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones — a recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee — wrote an interesting piece revisiting Edmonton’s 2006 Chris Pronger-to-Anaheim deal.

Then-Oilers GM Kevin Lowe flipped Pronger to the Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, Anaheim’s first-round pick in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2008.

Here’s how it all panned out:

Smid: “This year, the defenseman the Oilers believed would develop into a major-minutes, total-pro top-four defenseman who came out of that deal,” Jones writres. “Ladislav Smid appears to have finally become.”

Lupul: Edmonton traded Lupul to Philly (with Jason Smith) for Joni Pitkanen, Geoff Sanderson and a 2008 third-round pick. Sanderson retired, the third-round pick was Cameron Abney and Pitkanen was traded for Erik Cole. Cole was turned into Patrick O’Sullivan (and a second round pick). O’Sullivan was turned into Jim Vandermeer and the second-round pick was turned into Ales Kotalik, neither of whom are with the team.

In short, Lupul became Abney.

2007 first-round pick: Traded (along with a second-round pick) to the Coyotes for their 21st overall selection, where the Oilers took Riley Nash. Nash was later traded to Carolina for Martin Marincin.

2008 Conditional pick: Because the Ducks made and won the Cup Final in 2007, the pick became a first rounder. Edmonton used it to select Jordan Eberle 22nd overall.

2008 second-round pick: Traded to the Isles for Allan Rourke and a third-round pick that originally belonged to the Oilers. That third round pick allowed Edmonton to offer-sheet Dustin Penner (Oilers had to compensate Anaheim with first-, second- and third-round picks, all of which had to be originals.)

Penner was then dealt for Colten Teubert, a 2011 first-round pick (Oscar Klefbom) and a third-rounder in 2012 than will become a second-rounder if LA makes the playoffs.

So what does it all mean in the end?

“Kevin Lowe traded Chris Pronger for Jordan Eberle, Ladislav Smid, Colten Teubert, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Cameron Abney and a player to be determined,” Jones writes. “Helluva deal.”

In retrospect, maybe. But one wonders if Edmonton isn’t kicking itself for the questionable Nash selection (taken ahead of Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Blum and David Perron) and getting so little out of Lupul.

  1. govtminion - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Optimistic, isn’t he? Look, Eberle is sure a nice item to have, but the fact remains that when Pronger was there, the Oilers came a hair away from the Cup. They haven’t made the playoffs since he left. They didn’t get hosed on the trade, and it’s not like they’ll never be back in the Cup hunt, but to say that it was a ‘helluva deal’ is just silly.

  2. cmutimmah - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    They had Pronger and Sheldon Souray and Ryan Smyth, and … well… they had a LOT of talent that they sold off / wrote off in a short period of time.

    Now they have a lot of young *small* talent. Maybe I’ll eat crow but until they get some good sized forwards that can play in the playoffs, they’ll never be more than a promising team. And Smid? I’m not as high on him as this writer is. He’s a solid defenseman, but he’s not a guy that I would say fills half of 2008 Pronger’s shoes.

    The 90s/00s saw a LOT of the best defensemen ever. Coffey, Blake, Lidstrom, Pronger, MacInnis, Bourque, Chelios, Leetch… Teams that had these guys became cup contenders just by having them. It’s hard to say trading any of these guys is a “hellava deal”.

  3. CrisisInMTL - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Pronger’s performance that playoff run was one of the greatest sustained individual efforts I’ve ever seen. He was on a level that I don’t think anyone (himself included in his 2007 or 2010 runs) has matched since.

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