Dingle, Sbisa involved in Pronger deal

The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, on Friday acquired defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Ryan Dingle from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Luca Sbisa, the team’s first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the team’s first round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional third-round draft pick.

Dingle, 25, played 70 games with the AHL’s Iowa Chops in 2008-09, scoring 11 goals and adding seven assists for 18 points. His four game-winning goals placed him second on the team.

He has 25 points (12g, 13a) in 93 career AHL games with Iowa and Portland.

Prior to turning professional, Dingle played three seasons for the University of Denver Pioneers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (2004-07), where he posted 55 goals and 43 assists for 98 points and 107 penalty minutes in 119 games.

A native of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Dingle was a member of the Pioneers’ 2005 NCAA National Championship team with current Flyers defenseman Matt Carle.

"We had our choice of a couple different guys, and I like Ryan," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "He’s a good young player."

"He’s a little spark plug," said Pronger of Dingle. "He’s a skilled guy, very fast, competitive guy. In training camp last year he had a great camp with us and opened a lot of eyes."

Sbisa, a first-round draft pick by the Flyers in 2008, recorded a goal and an assist in two AHL appearances with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09. He also earned seven assists in 39 NHL games with the Flyers.