From Pronger to O'Sullivan

SUN MEDIA STAFF

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

Almost like discovering your family tree, yesterday's trade value to the Oilers can be traced back to the infamous days of late June 2006 when Chris Pronger wanted out of Edmonton.

Fans will never forget when, just days after the Oilers came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup, arguably their biggest star announced he wanted out. So Kevin Lowe found a trade partner in a deal which, in a convoluted way, now boils down to Ales Kotalik, Patrick O'Sullivan, Ladislav Smid and a bunch of prospects for Pronger. Let us explain.

ON JULY 3, 2006, Lowe traded Pronger to the Anaheim Ducks for Smid, Joffrey Lupul, a first round pick in the 2007 draft (traded to Phoenix, along with Oilers' second rounder to move up in the draft and select F Riley Nash. The Coyotes picked D Nick Ross and G Joel Gisledt), a second rounder in 2008 (traded to New York Islanders for Allan Rourke - NYI picked D Travis Hamonic), and a conditional first rounder in 2008 if Anaheim made the finals, which they did (Edmonton picked Jordan Eberle 22nd overall).

ON JULY 1, 2007, Lowe traded Lupul and D Jason Smith to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Joni Pitkanen, F Geoff Sanderson and a third round pick in the 2009 draft (which the Oilers still have).

ON JULY 1, 2008, Pitkanen went to Carolina for Cole.

YESTERDAY, new GM Steve Tambellini traded Cole and an '09 fifth round pick to Carolina for F Patrick O'Sullivan and an '09 second rounder. He then flipped that second rounder to Buffalo for F Ales Kotalik.


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