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The story of how Chris Pronger was almost traded to the Leafs

Seriously!? They wouldn’t give up Steen!?

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On today’s episode of the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast hosts Ryan Whitney and Paul Bisonette interviewed Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger who was absolutely FULL of incredible stories.

Put bluntly, Pronger is an absolute BEAUTY.

One story though of particular interest to Toronto Maple Leafs fans was the tale Pronger told of how he ALMOST became a member of the Leafs organization. Flashback to the summer of 2006 when Pronger demanded a trade from the Edmonton Oilers. Ultimately Pronger was moved to the Anaheim Ducks who received an absolute bounty (at the time) for him. 

Here’s how the deal went down:

Anaheim Ducks acquire: 
Chris Pronger
Edmonton Oilers acquire:
Joffrey LupulLadislav Smid
2007 1st round pick (Nick Ross)2008 1st round pick  (Jordan Eberle)
2008 2nd round pick (Travis Hamonic)

But here’s the thing… Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. pushed HARD for Pronger and nearly pulled off a blockbuster for Pronger.

His offer:

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire:
Chris Pronger
Edmonton Oilers acquire:
Tomas KaberleMatt Stajan
2007 1st round pick (Lars Eller)2008 1st round pick (Luke Schenn)

A strong offer that the Oilers were reportedly considering, but demanded that the Leafs include Alex Steen instead of Stajan. No go though for Ferguson. And the rest, as they say, is history…