Curtis Joseph To Retire, New Info On Pronger Trade

Insider HockeyContributor IJune 12, 2009

TORONTO - APRIL 8: Goalie Curtis Joseph #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates for the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on April 8, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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...

*4:15 Update*

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.

*10:40 Update*

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.