GILBERT TRADED TO MIN

Wanye
February 27 2012 12:49PM

 

Sometimes you name a Goat at the start of the NHL season. Sometimes that Goat gets traded. Sometimes you are happy.

On what has been a pretty unevenful Trade Deadline day so far, the Oilers traded "Edmonton's Fanciest Shoe Wearer 2006-2012" to the Minnesota Wild for Defenceman Nick Schultz.

GILBERT'S REACTION

Gilbert's reaction to the trade can be seen in the clip above gripped from the Oilers website.

YOUR REACTION

People will come along soon enough with quality analysis debating the merits of trading Tom Gilbert - arguably an offensive defenseman - for a defensive defenseman in Schultz.

But in the mean time let us all scream and yell like only Oilers fans on Trade Deadline Day can.

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#51 Sal-Sational
February 27 2012, 03:57PM
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Schultz is a "Shut Down" defensive Defenceman.. Gilbert, im not even sure what u would call him. cuz for an "offensive" minded defenceman he only had 17 points in 49 games.. and correct me if im wrong but isnt Schultz about a Million dollars cheaper?

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#52 vetinari
February 27 2012, 05:23PM
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I do think that this is a lateral move by the team by trading an offensive-minded defenceman for a stay at home type. I would think that it would be easier to find, develop, draft, trade or sign a defensive defenceman over the summer than an offensive defenceman.

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#53 Velo
February 27 2012, 05:29PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Call me if he ADDED a defenceman or goalie. Gilbert has been bar none the best D-man on the squad this year. A lttle grit is good but I thinknwe lost this one. Unless the D on the farm are good enough to replace pretty boy's puck moving (I say no) I think this is more change for the sake of change.

Exactly!

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#54 Colin
February 27 2012, 06:07PM
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Bad trade.

Schultz is -10 on a defensive team, Gilbert is -3 on the 29th place team. Gilbert also can put up the occassional point.

Unless there is a follow-up trade coming this spring/summer, I don't think this improves the oilers at all.

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#55 Simon says
February 27 2012, 08:45PM
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I am okay with this trade provided Schultz can make a pass out of his own zone. We don't need a defenseman that rushes the puck. Just get it out of the zone and to one of your own players.

As much as I have always been a Smid supporter I think he has actually regressed this year when it comes to managing the puck. He is better away from it no doubt but watching him give it away time after time is getting frustrating. Has he been taught this year that any time you get the puck just try and chip it out of the zone? I swear it seems to be that's all he does. Chip it in to the corner, chip it off the boards or chip it to center.

Am I the only one that sees this?

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#56 Oilers4ever
February 27 2012, 09:57PM
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Those thinking this has not made the team better need to give their head a shake. Gilbert is good... has played well this season. But we had 4 puck moving dmen. Only smid and sutton were stay at home guys. Ideally you should have one of each per pairing. I think this works for both teams. Oil didn't miss a beat tonight on the road against a playoff hungry team. They will be fine.

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#57 Coppperhead
February 27 2012, 10:22PM
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I don't disagree that this may be a positive move for the Oilers, bringing better balance to our back end.

However given the value placed on puck moving defencemen I'm surprised that the Oilers didn't get more for Gilbert.

Finally my concern is that I don't think Schultz is going to be a difference maker. How much better will the Oilers D really be with him instead of Gilbert? And how much of the Oilers defensive problems have to do with the blue? As I see it the problem is team defence moreso than a weak blue line.

I'll reserve judgement until the summer as I suspect this is step one to reforging the Oilers blue.

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#58 justwondering
February 27 2012, 11:08PM
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The Oilers now have one less guy that gives the puck away all the time. That in it self will make them better, hopefully Schultz won't do that so much. Granted this won't make for a play off run, but I also think the play of Petry made Gilbert expendable, and we have lots of kids coming up the pipe so I do not think he will be missed much in Oil town. But do wish him luck in his home town... good guy and deserves the best.

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#59 druds
February 28 2012, 09:48AM
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Holy crap the only time I hear anything good about a player is when they get booted and then its like everybody starts crying about what a brilliant guy we just lost...I remember the absolute moaning from people when they dumped that lard ass Penner....Gilbert was a so-so marshmellow defenceman who did not play the PP or barely the PK ...WTF?? he was a a 29th place teams 4th defenceman so get over it.

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#60 Talbot17
February 28 2012, 11:12AM
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@Colin

Schultz also on a team that can't score with a mediocre line mate too

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