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PENGUINS ACQUIRE SEAN PRONGER FROM ANAHEIM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 1998

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Sean Pronger from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for the rights to goaltender Patrick Lalime, it was announced by general manager Craig Patrick.

Pronger, 25, has recorded 20 points (5 +15) in 62 games for the Mighty Ducks this season. In 108 NHL games, the 6-2, 205-pound Dryden, Ontario native has registered 35 points (12+23) and 56 penalty minutes.

Pronger, playing in his third NHL season, has set career-highs in games played (62), assists (15) and points (20), already this season. He was drafted in the third round (51st overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1991 Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Bowling Green, recording 106 points (52+54) in 151 games. He was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks on Feb. 14, 1995.

Lalime, 23, posted a 2.58 goals against average and an 8-8 record with nine shootout losses in 27 games with Grand Rapids of the International Hockey League.

As an NHL rookie with the Penguins last season, Lalime was 21-12-2 with a 2.94 goals against average in 39 games, with three shutouts.