MONTREAL - John Tavares is a New York Islander.
And Chris Pronger, it seems, will be a Philadelphia Flyer.
Sorry Brian Burke. Your attempts the past two months to move up to a position to pick Tavares just never materialized.
With speculation swirling that the Isles might opt for Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman or Brampton forward Matt Duchene, New York did the smart thing and grabbed Tavares, the most gifted natural goal-scorer in the draft.
Hedman went second to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Meanwhile Pronger has been dealt by the Anaheim Ducks to the Philadelphia Flyers. Pronger was moved for cap reasons after veteran Scott Niedermayer informed the Ducks today he was returning for another season.
The Flyers acquired Pronger tonight for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and two first-round draft choices.
The draft picks are this year’s top pick and the Flyers’ first-round pick in 2010. The Flyers also dealt a conditional third-round pick.
The Flyers also acquired 24-year-old center Ryan Dingle from the Ducks.