Pronger and Grossmann traded to Coyotes

The Philadelphia Flyers have sent defencemen Chris Pronger and Nicklas Grossmann to the Arizona Coyotes for centre Sam Gagner and a conditional draft pick.

Pronger, who hasn’t played since the 2011-2012 season, carries a cap hit of 4.9 million, which the Coyotes can use to reach the salary cap floor. His playing days are over, so this is strictly a cap related move. This also gives the Flyers more cap flexibility going into next season.

Grossmann, acquired by the Flyers from the Dallas Stars in the 2011-2012 season, is a steady defensive defenceman that can help mentor the young core in Arizona. He doesn’t produce much offensively, but his best production has been in both of the last two seasons, reaching 14 points in both of those years.

Gagner has been involved in a number of trades recently, briefly going to the Tampa Bay Lightning then straight to Arizona. He put up a respectable 15 goals and 41 points last season despite the Coyotes not being a playoff contending team. Gagner’s numbers could improve playing on an offensively driven Flyers team.

Not everyone was pleased with the move however, with some questioning how the NHL can allow this type of trade and calling it Salary Cap circumvention.

More to follow.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 07: Nicklas Grossmann #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes the puck in the first period against the New York Islanders on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)