Chris Pronger- Why Would Maple Leafs Trade For Me?

I loved this quote….

“but if he were running the Leafs, “I wouldn’t trade for me,” he said.

“How the heck is Burkie going to trade for me if he doesn’t have the draft picks?”

It gets better:

“”Why would a team — say Atlanta, Toronto or Ottawa — trade for me, right now at the deadline? And the other teams, the San Jose’s, Detroit’s Boston’s, New Jerseys’, they’re all up against the cap,” Pronger said. “I don’t think there will be nearly as many trades at the deadline as people think.” The irony is, it could be Pronger’s club that drives the needle on how many big trades happen on March 4.

Those are from Pronger talking to Mark Spector at Sportsnet.

I am not sure if this a rumour out there but Spector is talking about a Pronger for Kubina deal:

“”Why would you trade me for Kubina? I make the same as him.”

Kubina also has one year left in his deal, at $5 million. But Pronger is a better player, so Kubina-for-Pronger is a deal the Ducks wouldn’t make – not the other way around.

But the point 34-year-old Pronger is trying to make is this: The Leafs will reach their nadir this summer. Some contracts will be up. Burke and coach Ron Wilson will have taken stock, and they will begin reshaping the organization.

Rock bottom comes on Apr. 12 – the day after the Maple Leafs last game of the season against Ottawa. From there, the new management team can begin with their own bricks and mortar, a construction project that will take a few seasons.

If Anaheim deals Pronger, it will because the Ducks have decided to start all over again. It means Scott Niedermayer has told them that he’s not hanging around for the 2010 Olympics, which means Anaheim GM Bob Murray will want draft picks and prospects – neither of which Burke has enough of, or intends to part with.

The only player on the Leafs roster you’d trade Pronger for if you are Anaheim is Luke Schenn, which obviously won’t happen.”

Man, it must be very quiet out there if this is the type of garbage that is being written

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February 16, 2009 9:37 am

Couldn’t agree with you or Pronger more.

I thought Burke was tremendous on the Fan a few weeks back when he went out of his way to dismiss the Pronger to the Leafs rumours and point out why they made no sense for his organization.

February 16, 2009 3:22 pm

Likin’ the Schneider to Montreal trade for SURE!!!

I mean seriously, a 2nd AND 3rd round pick for Schneider who as what, 14 pts this season and is 39 yrs old?!?!

WOW!! I have to think Burke was all smiles when he caught news of this. 🙂

Good-bye Kabby & Kubby, hello prospects and picks! …I HOPE…

February 17, 2009 9:01 am

Here is some possible insight I found that might answer your question TSM as to why Atlanta moved so fast:

“from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Don Waddell’s phone rang Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. It was Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, asking his Atlanta counterpart if he could meet with Habs executive Pierre Gauthier later that evening at the Thrashers-Ducks game.

The Canadiens were stepping up their efforts to acquire a defenseman and wanted to further pursue Mathieu Schneider, a veteran slated for unrestricted free agency July 1.

Waddell didn’t waste his opportunity. For starters, there was always the chance the Canadiens, under tremendous pressure to act with the team in free fall, could opt for a different player if they couldn’t come to terms with Atlanta. The clock was ticking and Waddell feared the Canadiens had another deal in the works for another defenseman.

And while there were other clubs with varying degrees of interest in Schneider, they all wanted to wait until closer to the March 4 trade deadline when Schneider’s $5.75 million salary would have less of an impact on their payrolls and salary caps.

So while Waddell could have held out until March 4 and perhaps got a better return, such as a prospect, he also ran the risk of the 39-year-old Schneider injuring himself in the interim and thus making himself untradeable (see: Doug Weight).

The Thrashers received a second-round pick in June’s NHL draft (previously Anaheim’s pick) and a third-rounder in 2010 in exchange for Schneider and a 2009 conditional pick.

Also important here, and maybe the most important of all, is the Thrashers saved money by moving Schneider now. Schneider earns $31,000 a day, so that’s more than $500,000 saved for Atlanta by trading him Monday instead of waiting 17 days later at the deadline. The Thrashers are like about a dozen other clubs facing the economic downturn of the real world: They need to cut costs. Half a million is half a million.”

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