Pronger request Lowe blow

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- There was plenty of talk but no action for Chris Pronger last night.

Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe told reporters he had plenty of offers for Pronger, but said he isn't in any hurry to make a deal.

Lowe explained that he didn't want to have a "knee-jerk" reaction after Pronger asked to be traded for personal reasons.

"Everybody knows that at the draft there's a good chance for teams to make trades because a lot of deals happen here," said Lowe. "But I thought if we did something here, it would have been a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to the situation.

''We want to evaluate what we've got and what our needs are if we're going to in fact trade him."

Discussions apparently heated up with three teams -- the Senators, Rangers and Maple Leafs -- but Lowe backed off on making a deal, for now at least.

Senators GM John Muckler admitted he had spoken with Lowe about a trade, but wouldn't confirm if he was a serious contender for the star defenceman.

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The talk is the Oilers are demanding defenceman Chris Phillips, winger Martin Havlat and 2005 top pick Brian Lee from the Senators in exchange for Pronger.

"I don't know right now (if we're serious or not). It's hard to say,'' said Muckler, who held a long discussion with Lowe during the second round of the NHL entry draft here yesterday. ''It involves a lot of money and it's a big commitment. That's $6.25 million (US) for the next four years and that's a lot of money.''

Even if the Senators or Leafs acquired Pronger, there are no guarantees he would report to either club.

"When the request was made, the No. 1 choice was a team south of the border,'' Lowe said. ''But we'll see what happens and then we'll make the decision that is best for the team."

Lowe said he knew for quite some time that Pronger might demand a trade, but when he officially made the request Friday, it was like ''a shot in the gut.''


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