Oilers Recall Three (UPDATE: Grebeshkov Dealt)

Jonathan Willis
March 01 2010 02:07PM

New York Islanders v Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they have recalled three players from their AHL affiliate in Springfield: goalie Devan Dubnyk and defencemen Taylor Chorney and Theo Peckham.

Over at the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson explains that Ladislav Smid is fighting through a problem with a bulging disc that may only require rest but might also mean season-ending surgery. That explains the call-up of one defenceman.

The call-up of the other defenceman is what raises eyebrows. Matheson indulges in some (logical) speculation:

This would also give them enough rearguards should they trade veteran Steve Staios by the 1 p.m. MDT Wednesday deadline. 

By my count, the Oilers have 12 healthy forwards (with Jacques finished for the year and Gagner still hurting) and seven healthy defencemen on the roster, and with several forwards rumoured to be on the trading block I imagine there’s a good chance we’ll see Jason Strudwick line up at the wing at some point in the coming week. With games on both Tuesday and Wednesday, the Oilers stand a good chance of being down to no spares in the coming days.

As for the players themselves, Chorney has improved in his latest farm stint and isn’t far below the ‘even’ plus/minus line (-4) in the new year. Theo Peckham on the other hand has been brutal since returning from injury; by my count he has a minus-11 rating in just 17 games since the new year, but with Alex Plante out and the entire AHL defensive corps imploding it isn’t like there was a vast array of choices to select from.

Meanwhile, Devan Dubnyk has been solid in Springfield and has won both of his last two games by identical 2-1 scores, allowing just two goals on 69 shots.

UPDATE

Well, that didn't take long to make sense.  As per multiple sources, including the comments below and Ryan Rishaug calling into the Jason Gregor Show, the Oilers have traded Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a second round pick.  Grebeshkov joins Jordan Leopold and Dominic Moore as veterans traded for second round picks in the last while, and I can't help but think he's the best player of those three.  Matt Cullen drew a second round pick and a prospect.

I'm not overly surprised by this, but the return seems a little light given what other players have gone for, and I suspect Nashville wins this deal.  We'll have a better idea if Steve Tambellini got legitimate value (and should hold off definitely judging it until then) for Grebeshkov once a few more trades go down, but as of now I doubt it.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 JB
March 01 2010, 09:58PM
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Must agree with Willis; if you're going to bounce guys out of town, then a 26-year-old d-man who can move the puck and has upside is probably not the way to go.

If the plan is to actually rebuild, then you send Visnovsky out and actually get something solid in return (i.e. expiring contract, prospect and pick). If the plan involves bring back 3 d-men over the age of 35 and giving lots of time to Chorney and Strudwick, then I can see that this rebuild is... really, really going to suck hard for at least another year. Maybe two. And appears to be totally without a plan.

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#102 Red Deerian Convert
March 01 2010, 10:53PM
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I think that tambi did what he could and made the right decision. Grebs wasn't in our plans for the future. We have guys like petry, and chorney as prospective puck moving defencemen (not including gilbert, visnovsky, who are both on the books for 3+ years).

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#103 OilKingNothing
March 01 2010, 11:13PM
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Just wondering since I haven't read anything on here about it yet:

"THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON -- Nikolai Khabibulin has been handed an additional charge for a driving under the influence incident in Arizona.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender is now charged with extreme DUI, with is automatic if a person's blood alcohol level is higher than .15."

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#104 dietflannel
March 02 2010, 05:46AM
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Although I normally agree with you Willis, here I have to differ on opinion. With Grebs having a horrible campaign, I don't see this as giving up a 26 year old roster spot, I see it as avoiding having to pay him another 3.15M next season as a barr minimum as that is what we would need to extend to him as a qualifying offer. Realistically Grebs would have been signed to another 1 year deal and he would be dealt next season for much less than this return. Good riddance as he was the most frustrating player to watch game in and game out.

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#105 ricki
March 02 2010, 09:16AM
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Trade Horcoff, if anybody will take him for his salary and lack of production.

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#106 Archaeologuy
March 02 2010, 09:21AM
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@ricki

Since we've decided to live in the world of the impossible, they should also re-animate the dead and use an army of zombies for their AHL club

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#107 Red Deerian Convert
March 02 2010, 10:04AM
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Ahh and we can also trade horcoff and moreau for malkin, in this world that you speak of

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#108 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 02 2010, 11:06AM
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ricki wrote:

Trade Horcoff, if anybody will take him for his salary and lack of production.

Interesting concept, glad you brought it up because it hasn't been discussed before.

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