Now that, my friends, is a blockbuster.
First of all, is there a better fit than Chris Pronger and the city of Philadelphia? Absolutely not. That's a match made in heaven, and Pronger is going to be a fan favorite for as long as he plays in the City of Brotherly Love, which brings us to the potential problem with this deal: Did Philadelphia give up too much for one year of Pronger (his contract expires after the 2009-10 season)?
There's no question that the addition of Pronger to the Flyers' lineup makes them a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. Putting him with Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn on the Philadelphia blue line is as good a top three as any team in the NHL, and I certainly can't hold it against a team for putting it all on the line and going for a championship. But, let's be honest here, that's a steep price for one year of a 34-year-old defenseman. Simply put: Philadelphia has to make a serious run at the cup to make this deal worth it.
This deal means a couple of things for Flyers: 1) Jay Bouwmeester isn't going to Philadelphia, as some rumors and recent speculation suggested. 2) Daniel Briere is probably on his way out of town as soon as general manager Paul Holmgren can find somebody to take on that cap-killing contract. 3) It's all about this season.
Interesting note that this is the second time Lupul has been traded for Pronger, as he went from Anaheim to Edmonton in the July 3, 2006 deal that saw the Ducks acquire the rugged defenseman.