October 29 2015 09:00AM
One of the odder moves the Edmonton Oilers made this summer was the trade with the Ottawa Senators that brought Eric Gryba to town.
That’s not to say Gryba isn’t a useful NHL defenceman; he certainly is, particularly in the right circumstances. The trouble is that he was almost the exact wrong kind of depth defenceman to add for the Oilers.
October 29 2015 07:00AM
At some point, people do need to move on. Jeff Petry used to be an Oiler, he isn’t now, and that’s a shame for fans of Edmonton but there’s no way to change it.
However, I’ve seen lots of speculation that Petry’s departure was precipitated by his refusal to sign a long-term deal with the team. We can put that speculation to rest. According to the player and according to the general manager at the time, it was the Oilers who didn’t want Petry.
October 28 2015 06:20PM
The Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenseman Joey LaLeggia and forward Tyler Pitlick from the Bakersfield Condors, and placed both Rob Klinkhammer and Justin Schultz on the IR.
October 28 2015 02:00PM
It isn’t easy to land a really good defenceman in trade.
One very rarely sees the great ones moved unless there are internal factors (usually financial and/or trade request) that force a deal. It’s why the “trade Taylor Hall for Oliver Ekman-Larsson” talk is as nutty in its way as the “get Shea Weber” talk was a few years back. When they are moved, it isn’t usually a one-for-one deal; instead we see packages, like the ones the Oilers surrendered for Chris Pronger and the one they got back for him.
Occasionally, though, these players are available while there is still some question of whether or not they’re great. They still cost a bunch, but it happens. And that takes us to the question in the title.
October 28 2015 12:00PM
The Oilers are off to a rough 3-7 start, but when I looked at the schedule at the beginning of the season I expected a rough ride early on. Their seven losses came against teams who are all currently top-ten in the NHL standings. The Oilers weren't going to go from a cellar-dweller to a middle of the road team instantly. The schedule maker didn't do them any favours out of the starting blocks, but based on how they played in eight of their first ten games (Dallas and Washington excluded), I expect them to have more success in their next ten-game stretch.