McGuire: Oilers can benefit in dealing Pronger
There is no reason for Edmonton Oiler fans to hit the panic button just because Chris Pronger is on his way out.
When you look at the abilities of general manager Kevin Lowe and assistant GM Scott Howson, they have proven themselves to have the ability to take players already on their roster and turning them into something special.
Before the new economic order of the National Hockey League, this happened all the time. It happened with Bill Guerin, Doug Weight and Eric Brewer.
In 2000, the Oilers traded Guerin and future considerations to the Boston Bruins for forward Anson Carter, a first-round selection in 2001 that became forward Ales Hemsky, and a second round selection in 2001 that became defenceman Doug Lynch.
In 2001, the Oilers shipped Weight and forward Michel Riesen to the St. Louis Blues for centre Marty Reasoner, forward Jochen Hecht and defenceman Jan Horacek.
Brewer, as we all know, was part of the package that brought Pronger to Edmonton last August.
So when it comes to pre-emptive strikes, Lowe, Howson and the entire Oilers front office staff are the best when it comes to turning assets into better assets.
It's not going to be easy replacing Chris Pronger, but they're going to do something big and helpful.
I'm calling BS right now, just because Pronger has not announced anything on his own yet(its a supposed "Close source" who leaked the information, and Kevin Lowe is denying that he's talked to Prongs about a trade). If however, Prongs does want out for some odd reason, IMO us Oiler fans will have no reason to worry, K. Lowe will make a solid move and find an adequate replacement(and maybe some more scoring forwards in the process ).