Chris Pronger speaks on failed trade to Leafs from Oilers 13 years ago

13 years ago Chris Pronger shocked the hockey world by demanding a trade out of Edmonton after leading the Oilers all the way to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers would fall to the Carolina Hurricanes and Pronger was traded away to Anaheim a month later. Chris Pronger was a guest on the Spittin' Chiclets Podcast this week and revealed that he was ALMOST traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs instead of the Ducks.


According to Pronger, then Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr made a strong push to acquire him in 2006. The offer from the Leafs to the Oilers went like this: 

   
  Toronto -   Tomas Kaberle
                    Matt Stajan
                    2007 1st rd pick
                    2008 1st rd pick

Kevin Lowe was GM of the Oilers at the time and demanded that Alex Steen be in the offer instead of Stajan. That was a price that the Leafs were not willing to meet and Chris Pronger was dealt to the Ducks and won his only Stanley Cup the following year. The Oilers ended up getting a similar package that the leafs offered for Pronger, what they got was this:

   
Anaheim-    Joffrey Lupul
                    Ladislav Smid
                    2007 1st rd pick
                    2008 1st & 2nd rd picks

The History books may look much different then they do now if this trade went through all those years ago. Would Pronger have been able to lead the Leafs to the promised land?

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