Has the time come for Edmonton to consider revising a little history here?
Is the day coming, or here already, to put Chris Pronger on a pedestal for choosing to leave Edmonton?
Has the time arrived to celebrate the genius of Kevin Lowe for what happened on July 3, 2006?
Ian Burgess, a Grande Prairie hockey fan currently attending the University of Alberta and living in Sherwood Park, has produced what he calls "The Chris Pronger Flow Chart" to prove that the future the Edmonton Oilers are proceeding towards begins in a most positive way on that supposedly dark day in Oilers history.
Chris Pronger asked to be traded from the Edmonton Oilers after he had helped lead the team, improved by several key trade-deadline deals by Lowe, to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
Lowe ended up with five pieces out of the trade with Brian Burke and the Anaheim Ducks.
PIECE No. 1: The Anaheim prospect.
This year, the defenceman the Oilers believed would develop into a major-minutes, total-pro top-four defenceman who came out of that deal, LADISLAV SMID appears to have finally become.
PIECE No. 2: Joffrey Lupul.
Currently sitting in the top 10 of NHL scoring, Lupul didn't turn into much for the Oilers. Along with Jason Smith, he was traded to Philadelphia for Geoff Sanderson, Joni Pitkanen and a third-round pick in the 2008 draft.
Sanderson played 41 games and retired.
Pitkanen was traded for Erik Cole, who was then traded, along with a fifth-round pick, for Patrick O'Sullivan and a second-round pick in 2009 from Los Angeles. O'Sullivan was traded June 30 to Phoenix for Jim Vandermeer, who signed as a free agent with San Jose. The second-round pick in the deal was traded to Buffalo for Ales Kotalik, who signed as a free agent with the Rangers.
The third-round pick turned into CAMERON ABNEY.
PIECE No. 3: The 2007 first-round pick.
The Oilers traded it, along with Edmonton's second-round pick, to Phoenix for their first-round pick Ñ 21st overall Ñ which turned out to be Riley Nash.
Nash was eventually traded to Carolina for second-round pick (46th overall) MARTIN MARINCIN.
PIECE No. 4: The conditional pick.
If the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup final in the next three years (they actually won the Cup in 2007), the pick became a first rounder.
With the first round pick (22nd overall), the Oilers selected JORDAN EBERLE.
PIECE No. 5: 2008 second-round draft pick.
Traded to the Islanders in exchange for Allan Rourke and a third-round pick, Rourke ended up in Europe, but that third-round pick was an important one.
It originally belonged to the Oilers and was traded to the Islanders as part of the Marc-Andre Bergeron trade for Dennis Grebeshkov.
The reason the pick became important is for Edmonton to be able to present an offer sheet to get Dustin Penner, the Oilers had to be able to compensate Anaheim with a first-, second- and third-round pick, all of which had to be original picks of the team.
Penner was traded for COLTON TEUBERT.
Also obtained for Penner was a first-round pick in 2011 which turned out to be 19th-overall selection OSCAR KLEFBOM.
Also obtained in the Penner trade was a conditional third-round pick in 2012, which will become a second-round pick if the Kings make the playoffs, a PLAYER YET TO BE DETERMINED.
You get the idea.
Kevin Lowe traded Chris Pronger for Jordon Eberle, Ladislav Smid, Colten Teubert, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Cameron Abney and a player to be determined.
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