Chris Pronger is a Philadelphia Flyer.
The Flyers have traded for the all-star defenseman, sending Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and the 21st pick this evening, and next years first round pick. If the Flyers win the Cup this upcoming season, they owe the Ducks a third round pick. It is the second time that Lupul has been traded for Chris Pronger, as he was sent to Edmonton in 2006 from the Ducks.
Sbisa, who unexpectedly made the team out of training camp last year, has been regarded as an excellent young defensive prospect by the Flyers. The deal seems to be a sign from the Flyers that they are in "win now", as Pronger makes the Philadelphia blueline extremely strong. Dealing away Sbisa, however, will hurt fans of the orange and black.
Pronger, a free agent next July, will make $6.25 million this season. The deal adds about $2 milllion to the Flyers cap hit which is inching closer and closer to the limit. Including Ray Emery's contract, the Flyers cap hit is currently calculated at $52.5 million, just $4.3 million under the cap.
This deal officially ends the Jay Bouwmeester to Philadelphia talk.