The Chris Pronger saga began soon after the Edmonton Oilers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. It has ended today with the Oilers dealing the former Hart and Norris trophy winner to the Anaheim Ducks. For sending Pronger to Anaheim, the Edmonton Oilers will receive forward Joffrey Lupul, top prospect defenseman Ladislav Smid, Anaheim's first-round pick in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and Anaheim's second-round pick in 2008.
With the 2006-07 NHL salary cap expected to hit the $44 million mark, this free-agent season has started off with a band with some high priced talent signing on the dotted line. Zdeno Chara's four year $37.5 million deal with the Boston Bruins, Ed Jovanovski's five year $32.5 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes and Patrick Elias' decision to stay in New Jersey for the next seven year for $42 million were probably the biggest signings. The Bruins also sured up their forwards by getting ex-Thrasher Marc Savard's name on a five year, $20 million contract.