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Probably the main reason for the Ducks being eliminated from last season's NHL playoffs was the tower of power on the Edmonton defense named Chris Pronger.

So, in the spirit of not being able to lick something, so you join something or other, the Ducks traded for him this off season. Pronger, when combined with Scott Niedermayer, gives the Ducks the best one-two punch on defense that the league has seen in recent years.

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The reason why Pronger was available in a trade is a story in and of itself. Rumors have run rampant -– and were repeated by the man himself -- that Pronger was bedding any number of women in Edmonton. Some said that he had impregnated one or more of them. Others said that his wife had slept with a teammate of his. It was speculated that it was Pronger who started WWI and not the assassination of Archduke Big Franny Ferdinand.

Pronger vehemently denied all allegations earlier this week to an Edmonton newspaper. Well, he sort of denied. Actually it was more of a pissy mocking than a true denial...

What was widely reported at the time of his trade request was that his wife was not a fan of living in Edmonton. Apparently nobody explained it to her that it was the “City of Champions.” So, Pronger asked management to try trade him, despite only being a year into a long-term lucrative contract. (Lucrative being Latin for “big honkin' pile o' cash.”) At this point most hockey fans joke about him being that very special kind of whipped. You know the one.