Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks: What It Really Means

Harrison LastContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

So today while eating a nice lunch with my friends Rick and Erik, I received a text message from Ray Shero (the Penguins GM) saying "Hey bud. I wanted you to be the first to know that we traded Whitney to Anaheim for Kunitz and a prospect. Enjoy your lunch!"

Well, I wish that was true, but it isn't. I got a text from NHL.com, you know the trade alert text messages, and that is how I found out about the trade.

So what exactly does this mean for the Anaheim Ducks? Well it means that they just revamped their blue line and have three outstanding defensemen in Whitney, Pronger, and Niedermayer, all of whom can play at both end of the ice while putting up very good offensive numbers.

However, I do not believe that all three will be remaining on the team together for much longer.

I feel that this trade is a precurser to an even bigger trade that will either send Pronger or Niedermayer out of Cali.

Pronger is the one that is going to be going (in my eyes). He is the most valuable and his contract is up at the end of the season. Niedermayer's contract is up too, but he has stated that he would like to sign for another year and play with the Ducks.

Pronger's value is worth more then just a first-round pick in this years draft. Besides getting that pick, the ducks could get plenty of prospects to help stock up for the future.

So Ducks fans, it's time to get your tissues ready.—'cause you will be saying bye-bye to one of your top two defensemen within the next six days. And until then, enjoy your hockey.