BOSTON — Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger, a multi-time All-Star and a Stanley Cup-winner with the Ducks in ’07, has been the subject of trade rumors seemingly from the time this season started.
Today he might’ve moved closer to actually being dealt, as the Ducks dished winger Chris Kunitz to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney. With the former Boston University star coming on board, the Ducks have a backlog in players and salary on the back end. Heck, Pronger could even be headed to the Boston Bruins, who have been one of the teams involved in those rumors all along.
After the Ducks’ morning skate today at TD Banknorth Garden in preparation for their game with the Bruins, Pronger talked about what it’s like to always have rumors circling while trying to maintain a high level of play.
“There’s always rumors about a lot of guys. And you’re going to see a lot of names,” he said. “I mean, I was going to Toronto because (former Ducks general manager Brian Burke) is there. They’re in a rebuilding, why would they want me?
“There’s just a lot of things that get thrown out there. I think it’s just a lot of people throwing stuff out there to see if somebody’s going to react to it or if it’s going to stick.”
A Pronger-to-Boston deal would push the Bruins to favorite status in the NHL, depending on what they’d have to give up. You’d probably have to start with a package that includes Phil Kessel and Matt Hunwick to obtain the blueliner whose cap hit for this year and next is $6.25 million. In Pronger, any team would be obtaining a guy that has produced 10-26-36 totals and an even plus/minus despite admittedly playing “under a microscope” all seaosn long.