A Deadline to Remember

Lowetide
February 27 2011 10:04PM

Once upon a time in the land of Oiler, everything broke right leading up to the trade deadline. A strong team turned into an outstanding one overnight, and the Edmonton Oilers laid waste to the western conference.

Summer 2005 was like a dream for Oiler fans. The lockout was over, and free HOFers were available to Oiler management! Not quite, but there were great, great players available. Chris Pronger's trade to our city was met with deserved shock and awe.

I damn near fell off my chair when Jason Gregor broke the news on Team 1260 late night. I think he stayed on the air until 3 or so that morning answering calls. It was like Beatlemania! Mike Peca arrived the next day and the town team - and their fortunes - took an upswing in a heartbeat.

OPENING NIGHT ROSTER 2005-06

  • G: Ty Conklin, Mike Morrison (Jussi Markkanen injured)
  • D: Chris Pronger, Jason Smith, Steve Staios, Igor Ulanov, Cory Cross, MA Bergeron, Alexei Semenov, Dan Smith
  • C: Shawn Horcoff, Mike Peca, Jarret Stoll, Marty Reasoner (injured)
  • L: Ryan Smyth, Raffi Torres, Ethan Moreau, Jani Rita, Brad Winchester
  • R: Radek Dvorak, Ales Hemsky, Fernando Pisani, George Laraque, Todd Harvey

At the starting gate, this was a team without a clear starting goalie (but some interesting options), a veteran blue and an impressive group of forwards with a nice range of skills. Rookies were hard to find on the roster (Rita, Winchester above plus 7 cups of coffee from callups during the season) and the club was clearly better than the 2003-04 group that led the Oilers into the lockout.

TRANSACTIONS DURING THE SEASON

  • November 11: Oilers claim C Krys Kolanos off waivers from PHX (they'd lose him Dec 19).
  • November 19: Oilers trade D Alexei Semenov to Florida for a conditional pick.
  • December 7: Oilers callup D Matt Greene.

Nothing much shaking during the year. There were callups and injuries, with rookies Matt Greene, Kyle Brodziak, Danny Syvret, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, JF Jacques, Yan Stastny and Mathieu Roy all making regular season appearances during 2005-06.

PREDEADLINE AND DEADLINE DEALS

  • January 26: Oilers acquire D Dick Tarnstrom from Pittsburgh for D Cory Cross and F Jani Rita.
  • January 26: Oilers acquire D Jaroslav Spacek from Chicago for F Tony Salmelainen and a conditional pick.
  • March 5: Oilers sign C Rem Murray from Houston (AHL).
  • March 8: Oilers acquire G Dwayne Roloson from Minnesota for 2006 1st rd pick.
  • March 9: Oilers acquire L Sergei Samsonov from Boston for C Marty Reasoner, C Yan Stastny and 2006 2nd rd pick.

They left the station as a solid unit, and Kevin Lowe had a masterful run from late January to the deadline. The years since have made it clear that Vish is not the second coming of Sam Pollock, but that one "false spring" will be remembered forever in our town. Veteran defensemen, a proven goalie and a deep forward group with varied skills. The value contracts were there before the lockout, the impact players came via trade over the summer and at the deadline.

The result was a time to remember. 

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#1 Apollo4468
February 27 2011, 10:10PM
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Awe..Memories!!! :)

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#2 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 27 2011, 10:15PM
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De-railing the Cheechoo train. Awesome LT.

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#3 Archaeologuy
February 27 2011, 10:15PM
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That '06 2nd Rounder became Lucic, but man, we came so close. Sigh.

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#4 Mac
February 27 2011, 10:15PM
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Total long shot here but heard tonight LA might be looking to move Jonathan Bernier. How about Devan Dubnyk and a draft pick for Bernier? Would that be enough? Would you do it?

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#5 Shaun Doe
February 27 2011, 10:23PM
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Our cupboard just got a little more full according to NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=68087

Now we get to trade Staios again!

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#6 Peterborough
February 27 2011, 10:25PM
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Mac wrote:

Total long shot here but heard tonight LA might be looking to move Jonathan Bernier. How about Devan Dubnyk and a draft pick for Bernier? Would that be enough? Would you do it?

Nope they need help now to make the playoffs and would definately want a top 6 forward back. Penner and Dubnyk maybe?

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#7 Archaeologuy
February 27 2011, 10:25PM
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@Shaun Doe

Nice catch.

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#8 6 ring circus
February 27 2011, 10:27PM
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Don't mean to nit pick but you forgot Fernando Pisani.Man did he score some awesome goals during the playoffs.

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#9 Jodes
February 27 2011, 10:30PM
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Kevin Lowe was the man that year.. Every trade paid off in spades. Unfortunately he also must of traded away his mojo, because since then he's been brutal!

Speaking of brutal, why do I feel that tomorrow Tambellini will "have the guts" and make a trade that will set the Oilers back even further? Maybe not a Ryan Smythe trade, but something similar?

Its truely been painful being a fan since that magical run.

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#10 stevezie
February 27 2011, 10:33PM
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Before the Pronger trade Lowe was a very good GM. We forget that now, but he was. So was Sutter before he let Conroy walk.

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#11 book¡e
February 27 2011, 10:33PM
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I think that Lowe was a good GM up to and including that point. I think he just hit burnout. It happens all of the time to scouts and others in the management business. When he gave his 'stepping down/up interview' he admitted that he was burnt out from the process, that he couldn't handle it, and that it was causing him to make mistakes. He didn't itemize the mistakes, nor did he leave the organization, but he did admit making them.

I think he maintained his confidence in his decision making though until he was again 'sobered' with the results following the year or two after Tambelinni came on and it was still 'management by committee'.

With that said, I bet with a year away now that he has some decent insights to offer again and contributes more positively to the management of things than he did a couple of years ago.

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#12 Sheldon Oilers Fan for Life!!!
February 27 2011, 10:33PM
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I lived in Ca near San Jose IT WAS SO SWEET to watch those games. The Detroit series was incredible on the edge of your seat hockey and my DVD recorder wasn't working. AHHHHH I would kill to see those games now!!!! When they took out SAN JOSE I found going to work in an Oilers Jersey was so sweet!

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#13 CM
February 27 2011, 10:34PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Don't mean to nit pick but you forgot Fernando Pisani.Man did he score some awesome goals during the playoffs.

it's ok Dvorak is in there twice...He can cover for him.

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#14 book¡e
February 27 2011, 10:34PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Our cupboard just got a little more full according to NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=68087

Now we get to trade Staios again!

Quick, where is Sutter?

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#15 Mac
February 27 2011, 10:37PM
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Peterborough wrote:

Nope they need help now to make the playoffs and would definately want a top 6 forward back. Penner and Dubnyk maybe?

Wouldn't Penner and Dubnyk be a slight over pay? If we included Penner I'd want LA sending at least a late draft pick back with Bernier

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#16 Sir Smoka Lottt
February 27 2011, 10:58PM
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I picked straight oilers that year in my playoff pool and I took Fernando with my last pick.Ended up winning 3200 and shut everybody up cause they thought I was crazy taking Oilers.

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#17 Shane near Red Deer
February 27 2011, 10:59PM
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I just read that the Wild were talking Penner for 2nd rounder + more picks and the Oil would have to take Chuck Kobasu (sp?) and his $$. WTH if ST can't get more than a 2nd, a couple late round picks and have to take on a bad contract/player?!? that sounds like a bad deal for us. But that makes me very scard of what is going to happen here.

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#18 Archaeologuy
February 27 2011, 11:02PM
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@Shane near Red Deer

Yeah, that sounds like something you can do NEXT deadline day. No need to take that now when Penner's under contract for next year.

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#19 Senator Theo
February 27 2011, 11:33PM
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I would much rather the oilers do nothing tomorrow, then make deals like the one mentioned above.

For once we are dealing from a position of strength, and if the right deal isn't there I would like to see them walk away.

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#20 Peterborough
February 28 2011, 12:22AM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I would much rather the oilers do nothing tomorrow, then make deals like the one mentioned above.

For once we are dealing from a position of strength, and if the right deal isn't there I would like to see them walk away.

Really??? Bernier has the Potential to be the asnwer in net we have sought since Cujo was here. Thats worth giving up something for now I think.

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#21 derrickhands
February 28 2011, 12:57AM
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Peterborough wrote:

Really??? Bernier has the Potential to be the asnwer in net we have sought since Cujo was here. Thats worth giving up something for now I think.

He has the potential, but will he be our goaltender of the future. Oilers need centers and defencemen more then they need a goalie. You can always find a goaltender later on, but the Oilers are in need of size and grit at center and defense. If your going to make a trade, trade for that.

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#22 H.O.P.E
February 28 2011, 03:50AM
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Peterborough wrote:

Really??? Bernier has the Potential to be the asnwer in net we have sought since Cujo was here. Thats worth giving up something for now I think.

Since Cujo? I think you mean since Tommy Salo.

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#23 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 05:01AM
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I very nearly tear up when i see Roli's pic and i get that warm and fuzzy feeling when i look at 44 again in Oilers duds...like a little boy on a stormy nite and you know nothing bad's going to happen when Pronger's on the ice ....SH!T!!!!

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#24 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 05:09AM
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...what did Pronger cost us in he beginning...i know what he cost us in the end but what was the deal and how did he get here ...he was a UFA... i'm guessing...

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#25 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 05:26AM
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...I had been off the Oiler or for that matter any hockey bandwagon for a lot of years when the Summer of 2005 brought the second coming of Chris[t]. The City Hall freak show gathering near blew me away with all it's hype and hope being dispensed...fast forward through the season and then the run...well, we all just SNAPPED!!! we went through the league and to the final and we all got so outta control and then we show up at the breakfast table one morning after game seven and there's a sharp knife we get to slit our wrists with sitting in front of us...

my son would've said "...whata nightmare..."

Pronger was gone forever and there nothing but blackness...

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#26 a lg dubl dubl
February 28 2011, 05:51AM
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If the Oilers are going to make a trade with LA, Smytty should be coming back in any deal made

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#27 Cory Dakin
February 28 2011, 05:52AM
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@pelhem grenville

He cost us Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka. The oilers stole that deal hands down.

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#28 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 06:11AM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

@pelhem grenville

He cost us Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka. The oilers stole that deal hands down.

... did they ever, thanks

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#29 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 06:17AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

If the Oilers are going to make a trade with LA, Smytty should be coming back in any deal made

...do we want him at his age and at that salary?

how many years left on the contract Lowe wouldn't give him ? i dunno, a bit sketchy 4me

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#31 Oilcruzer
February 28 2011, 08:09AM
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ST has the upper hand, he doesn't have to pull the trigger. The other side should always overpay today, or the deal doesn't happen.

Roli for a first was one of the best moves the Oil ever made.

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#32 BUCK75
February 28 2011, 08:13AM
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Brad Boyes was traded for a 2nd round pick last night to Buffalo, so what does that mean for Penner? Boyes has another year left on his contract for 4mm, Penner is slightly more money.

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#33 Kodiak
February 28 2011, 08:21AM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

ST has the upper hand, he doesn't have to pull the trigger. The other side should always overpay today, or the deal doesn't happen.

Roli for a first was one of the best moves the Oil ever made.

I think the Wild traded that pick to LA along with Patrick O'Sullivan for Pavol Demitra. LA took Trevor Lewis with it. I think thats how it went down anyway.

Roli for Trevor Lewis seems like the steal of the century now.

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#34 The Real Scuba Steve
February 28 2011, 08:27AM
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yup, I thought the after the lockout the Oilers small market dark days were over.

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#35 Chris.
February 28 2011, 09:05AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

That '06 2nd Rounder became Lucic, but man, we came so close. Sigh.

Prendergast would have screwed up that pick... It was only a year later when like he took on an obvious project (Plante) at 15th overall, and traded up to grab a BCHL player who was commited to play in a marginal ivey league program (Nash) at 21st...

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#36 pelhem grenville
February 28 2011, 09:10AM
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TSN panel from The Reporters tout Terry Jones column about THIS being the defining moment for our GM...i think ya maybe it's a defining moment for this GM this year ... cuz maybe our GM won't survive this year to next...i can only hope

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#37 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 28 2011, 09:32AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

I very nearly tear up when i see Roli's pic and i get that warm and fuzzy feeling when i look at 44 again in Oilers duds...like a little boy on a stormy nite and you know nothing bad's going to happen when Pronger's on the ice ....SH!T!!!!

As that season unfolded i remember watching Pronger on our blueline and couldn't help but think to myself, what the heck is a guy like that doing here. Some games i'd have to pinch myself to remind me that it was real...and we had five years of Chris to look forward to.

As i had a look back at that 06 run and the atmosphere in the building i couldn't help but feel the building the Oilers play in is just fine. I wouldn't be so quick to force that new building down everyones throat. We gather there for the team that is on the ice and for the entertainment they provide. I can't buy the arguement that larger concourses, more luxurious luxury boxes and more space for marketing oportunities is going to improve the entertainment on the ice. The new building won't revitalize Edmontons downtown, it may revitalize a 6 block area but the rest will certainly remain the same. Replace the seats, punch out the concourse sections and Rexall will be fine for another 20 yrs.

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#38 Archaeologuy
February 28 2011, 09:33AM
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@Chris.

You're right, of course. Barf.

When it's obvious to the common fan that Nash was never interested in being a pro-hockey player I wonder how the hell it can be missed by the Head Scout of an NHL club.

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#39 Bill
February 28 2011, 10:31AM
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Don't want to poo-poo the Cup Run of '06 too much....but as I recall, the only reason that team even made the playoffs was because of a Vancouver Canucks' collapse. They weren't that great during the regular season, and they backed into the playoffs.

They got hot during the playoffs, and it was one of the better (and worst) things that ever happened to this franchise.

I don't really look back on that team all that fondly, to be honest with you. The playoff run was entertaining, but the aftermath hasn't been too great.

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#40 justDOit
March 01 2011, 11:34AM
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Sadly Bill is right, but to continue his thought, the only reason we made it to the finals was because Detroit was pretty banged up heading into the playoffs. Datsuk had some type of upper body injury (shoulder?), and there were many players on that team who had just played in the Olympics. It was magical, but not without some luck as well, but isn't that a part of any Cup run?

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