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After reportedly requesting a trade out of Edmonton, Chris Pronger got his wish Monday.

The Oilers have traded the big defenseman to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, sources close to the trade told ESPN.com. Other details of the trade were not immediately known, but TSN of Canada reported that the deal involves one non-roster player and several conditional high-end draft picks.




Rumors surfaced earlier in the season that Pronger was unhappy in Edmonton after being acquired by the Oilers in the offseason from St. Louis. A source familiar with the team told ESPN.com some time ago that Pronger's wife was unhappy with the prospects of a long stay in Edmonton. Pronger has four years remaining on his contract at $6.25 million annually.


Lowe refused to specifically comment about Pronger's situation after the GM meetings on June 23, but was more forthcoming at the NHL Draft, saying he was disappointed by the news "considering the run we had [to the Stanley Cup finals]."


Lowe also said that several teams had contacted him about Pronger.


Pronger has not yet publicly commented on the trade request.


Pronger led all Oilers in playoff scoring with five goals and 16 assists in 24 games and averaged an outstanding 30:57 in ice time. The St. Louis Blues traded Pronger to Edmonton last offseason in a multiplayer trade made possible by the new collective bargaining agreement.


Edmonton's trip to the Stanley Cup finals was the first for Pronger, who won the Hart and Norris trophies after the 1999-2000 season. He was the first to win both awards since Bobby Orr did it in 1972.






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