UPDATED: Oil nab F Ryan Jones off waivers

RossCreekNation
March 03 2010 10:31AM

           Ryan Jones #38 of the Nashville Predators reacts after scoring the eventual game-winning goal against goaltender Erik Ersberg #31 of the Los Angeles Kings late in the third period during the NHL game at Staples Center on March 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Predators defeated the Kings 4-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Jones

After completing a trade with Nashville yesterday, the Oilers have claimed winger Ryan Jones, 26, off waivers from the Preds today.

Here's what The Hockey News has to say...

ASSETS: Plays with an all-out hustle that gets him noticed by his coaching staff. Can play either wing position. Has good size and decent offensive ability.

FLAWS: Isn't great in the defensive zone. Needs to perform with greater consistency at the highest level. Must be more disciplined and not take bad penalties.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Depth winger.

CapGeek lists Jones as a $975,000 cap hit through the end of next year.

Some quick twitter reactions...

Gregor: Grabbing Jones means the Oilers have 14 forwards...so they can move two and still have 12 for tonight...two vets for picks, makes sense?

Willis: I'm a fan of the Jones pick-up. With any luck he takes Jacques' spot in the lineup next season.

Stay tuned for more from Gregor, Brownlee & Willis. And checkout the Jean Lefebvre's liveblog over at FlamesNation for up to the minute commentary on deadline day.

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#201 Heavyd
March 03 2010, 01:38PM
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Moreau got traded right?

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#202 Sportsnut
March 03 2010, 01:39PM
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@RossCreekNation

Why???? Whitney is an overpaid D at $4,000,000/year. Lubo was $5,600,000/year but is a far superior D. On top of it Whitney is under contract to 12/13. I don't see this as an improvement in our situation

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#203 H
March 03 2010, 01:40PM
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Whitney is decent, but I dont like this at all

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#204 17
March 03 2010, 01:41PM
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Why Lubo??? whyyyyyyyyyy

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#205 The Pestival
March 03 2010, 01:41PM
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Seems crackheads CAN get a job after all...GM of the Oilers!!!

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#206 Heavyd
March 03 2010, 01:41PM
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@Sportsnut

Bigger and Younger, this is the only reason I can see for this trade.

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#207 Reagan
March 03 2010, 01:42PM
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Not sure. A tentative deal was in place for Moreau about an hour ago. I haven't heard anything?

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#208 Jaybird
March 03 2010, 01:42PM
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Anyone know contract info on this Whitney idiot. How long? how much?

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#209 VMR
March 03 2010, 01:42PM
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So who's rated number 1 overall in next years draft?

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#210 superkk
March 03 2010, 01:42PM
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How does Tambo still have a job right now???

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#211 Ender
March 03 2010, 01:42PM
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Does Tambellini know something about the 2011 draft that we don't? Didn't someone remember to send him the memo that we only needed to be bad until the end of April THIS year? Someone sent him that memo, right? Guys?

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#212 Jamie B.
March 03 2010, 01:43PM
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Literally the ONLY guy on the team they HAD to trade is Moreau. That better happen.

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#213 Bucknuck
March 03 2010, 01:44PM
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So Tambellini wakes up and looks int he mirror this morning and thinks: "which player is the cause of all the oilers woes this year? I know - it's lubo. I can get something for him."

This is a HORRIBLE trade.

Ryan is bigger and younger, but of all the moves to make - Lubo isn't one of the guys you think of when you think: changing of the guard.

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#214 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 03 2010, 01:44PM
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Whitney is a Gilbert Clone (at least he's usually the good Gilbert). Retarded trade.

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#216 Heavyd
March 03 2010, 01:47PM
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Ok, this trade make sense now, we also got a 6th round pick. All makes sense.

I don't understand this trade?

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#217 Archaeologuy
March 03 2010, 01:47PM
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Hey, we got a 6th round pick! I take back all the things I said about Tambi. That should really balance out the deal.

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#218 stilldrinkingthekoolaid
March 03 2010, 01:51PM
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weeps uncontrollably

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#219 Bucknuck
March 03 2010, 01:51PM
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@Ender

please God let Tambellini get fired for this one.

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#220 Nesquik
March 03 2010, 01:51PM
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@Ender

FYI- Whitney was an Olympian as well!

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#221 Homie
March 03 2010, 01:52PM
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Oilers gained over $3.5 million in cap space for next year and got Whitney, Jones, a second rounder and a sixth rounder.

Lubo was definitely the best player that got moved (also oldest and highest paid), but Whitney is a big upgrade on Grebeshkov. And Jones could be a decent third/fourth liner negating the need to sign JFJ this summer.

Not a great trade by Tambo, but not bad. Those Kevin Lowe contracts for the veterans are like golden handcuffs.

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#222 Homie
March 03 2010, 01:53PM
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@Ender

Whitney was an Olympian and played well.

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#223 Jason Gregor
March 03 2010, 01:55PM
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Expect another Oiler deal...my guess is Moreau

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#224 Reagan
March 03 2010, 01:55PM
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Sportsnet reporting Edmonton is not done yet?

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#225 leftwinger9
March 03 2010, 01:55PM
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Hang on guys, there's more coming....

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#226 Ender
March 03 2010, 01:56PM
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@Nesquik

You're right; my bad. I knew that 'Whitney' was on the American team, but I somehow just automatically equated that with Ray Whitney. Now that you make me reflect, of course that doesn't make sense since Ray is a local boy.

In any case, whether Ryan played for the Americans or not, he ain't no Lubo. This deal still stinks. But good eye, Nes.

Edit: Homie too.

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#227 Reagan
March 03 2010, 01:56PM
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My guess is Gilbert and Cogs to Boston or NYR? Wishful thinking

lol

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#228 Archaeologuy
March 03 2010, 01:57PM
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leftwinger9 wrote:

Hang on guys, there's more coming....

*braces for impact*

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#229 Lofty
March 03 2010, 01:58PM
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20 games left for the Oil.

Over or under: 3.5 wins?

I will take the under and win with a 2 game cushion.

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#230 Jamie B.
March 03 2010, 01:58PM
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So we traded 8th and 4th place Olympians for a silver medalist. ~Upgrade!~

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#231 Bam
March 03 2010, 02:00PM
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This doesn't even make sense... Visnovsky was our best player by a long shot this year and we're only saving 1.6. I understand Whitney will probably be more useful to us by the time our rebuild is done but I feel like we should've got more, at least a higher pick.

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#232 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 03 2010, 02:01PM
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Reagan wrote:

My guess is Gilbert and Cogs to Boston or NYR? Wishful thinking

lol

Watch, it will be Gilbert and Cogs for Rosival.

:(

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#233 leftwinger9
March 03 2010, 02:01PM
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@Archaeologuy

Don't worry, the next one will make everyone much happier....

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#234 oilfan1980
March 03 2010, 02:02PM
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EDM Staois to Calgary for Aaron Johnson & 3rd

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#236 Reagan
March 03 2010, 02:03PM
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Staios to Calgary?

Johnson is OK

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#237 oilsuck
March 03 2010, 02:03PM
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they're STILL here!

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#238 Archaeologuy
March 03 2010, 02:03PM
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Wow. Staios a Flame. My brain hurts.

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#239 Lofty
March 03 2010, 02:04PM
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Cap Geek says that Whitney has a NTC? Did he really agree to come to Edmonton? This guy needs a psych evaluation.

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#240 Jason Gregor
March 03 2010, 02:04PM
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Staois to the Flames...WOW...for a 3rd pick and Aaron Johnson.

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#241 TigerUnderGlass
March 03 2010, 02:04PM
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Sweet, Flames stuck with Staios

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#242 Reagan
March 03 2010, 02:04PM
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You happy Ross? Have our Garbage!!!!!!!!1

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#243 Harlie
March 03 2010, 02:05PM
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good bye Steady...you've been a good warrior!

Too bad your BFF Moreau didn't follow you out the door, tho!

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#244 Reijo Ruotsalainen's wicked slapper
March 03 2010, 02:05PM
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Staois to the FLAMES!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow.

Wow.

WOW!

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#245 Homie
March 03 2010, 02:06PM
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Excellent day for Tambo. Shed more than $5 million in cap space and gained decent picks plus Ryan Whitney. Outstanding.

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#246 Scott in Grande Prairie
March 03 2010, 02:07PM
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I don't think there's anything wrong with the deal. Whitney is younger and cheaper and bigger than Visnovsky.

I liked Lubo a lot but, even if he was the Oilers' best player for much of the season, the Oilers were still the worst team in the league.

Now I"m hearing that Staois just got traded .... to Calgary!

Fire and brimstone in the sky. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!

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#247 Mike Krushelnyski
March 03 2010, 02:07PM
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Wow, I thought we would get a 7th rounder or something for Staios

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#248 Twiggs
March 03 2010, 02:08PM
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Should have included Moreau as a bonus for taking Staois

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#249 Petr's Jofa
March 03 2010, 02:08PM
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Tambo should be fired for trading with the Flames. I don't care if he got Iggy in return, you should never deal with those heathens. It's an unwritten rule.

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#250 Heavyd
March 03 2010, 02:09PM
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So 0-20 for the rest of the season?

This is going to suck for the rest of this year.

Thanks Stevie, you were a great Oilers and in the community.

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