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by Alanah McGinley on 06/12/09 at 06:12 PM ET
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:
There is some compelling logic behind the possible move – of the Anaheim Ducks’ Chris Pronger moving to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson plus a No. 1 draft choice, speculation that was making the rounds Friday prior to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. After all, the Ducks may ultimately need to trade Pronger to get to the $46-million (U.S.) budget that they’ll operate with next year. If they can coax Scott Niedermayer back to play again and can’t trade J.S. Giguere’s contract, it may be an option they have to look at.
But for now, the official word from Ducks’ GM Bob Murray, in a short but pointed e-mail note, is that it did not happen. In fact, Murray texted back a NO (caps his), when asked if there was any truth to the report.
Certainly, there can be no official deal anyway between teams until the Stanley Cup is won tonight.
Update 4:50pm ET: From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy, more on the source of these rumors, plus the Kings’ denial:
Steve Ludzik of The Score in Canada is putting it on the line this afternoon by reporting that “the Anaheim Ducks have traded defenseman Chris Pronger(notes) to the Los Angeles Kings for D Jack Johnson(notes) and the 5th overall pick in the upcoming draft.”
Chasing the story, Rich Hammond of Inside The Kings has received a text message from Kings GM Dean Lombardi that simply said, “Rumors not true.”
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