I have been informed that Curtis Joseph has indeed decided to retire.
There were rumors circulating that he would be back with Toronto for another season, but I am told that his retirement is 100%. There is no date set for the official announcement or press conference, but I am working on a time frame.
More to come...
As for the Pronger trade, Andy Strickland broke this story over at hockeybuzz.com.
When I heard about this I made a few calls to try and get some detail on the deal. I am told this deal is still not 100% done, even though thescore.ca and Strickland have reported it to be. While the two teams have agreed on a deal, they are still negotiating.
I am also told the Ducks are trying to get another roster player in return. I will track down some more info about this.
More to come...
The reason for both GMs denying the trade is because, like I said before, they are still in negotiations.
I was also able to get a trade proposal from the Ducks. The Ducks are offering Pronger, Drew Miller, and a fourth round pick to the Kings for Johnson, Frolov, and a fifth rounder.
Note: The Ducks really want Frolov; I think the reason for this is because they think Selanne may retire.
Both teams still have not reached any further agreement as the Kings rejected the last proposal. Both sides are still talking, but I suspect that this is all hot air.
The Kings don't really want to trade Frolov and he is a key piece for this deal. The Ducks want him and the Kings are not willing unless there are more skilled players or higher draft picks involved.