Oilers Trade Garon to Pittsburgh

Well, we’ve seen the first real trade of the Steve Tambellini era. In a time where NHL goaltenders are being dropped for nothing on the waiver wire (Sanford) or garnering no more than a 7th round pick (Labarbera), Tambellini actually managed to bring in a decent return. Here’s the trade:

To Pittsburgh: Mathieu Garon

To Edmonton: Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone, 4th Round Pick

First, from Pittsburgh’s perspective, they obviously believe that Garon has the potential to play better than he has this past season. Garon had a strong game last night against Colorado, and started the year well, but there has been obvious friction between him and the coaching staff, especially goaltending coach Pete Peeters. Pittsburgh’s struggled with poor goaltending all season; Marc-Andre Fleury’s .905 SV% isn’t nearly as good as it needs to be, while veteran backup Dany Sabourin is four games below .500 and has an .898 SV%. Garon is in the final season of a two-year, 1.1M/season contract, and although he’s posted a .895 SV% this season, the past two years he’s had a .907 SV% and .913 SV%. This is a good opportunity for Garon to get back on track on a very talented team.

As far as I can tell, Dany Sabourin is on a one-way contract, albeit one that will pay him a very modest 512K this season, which is its final year. I think that he is sent down to Springfield, where he should help spell the extremely over-worked Devan Dubnyk, and solidify Springfield’s goaltending situation. Sabourin’s an average NHL backup (hovering around the .900 SV% mark the last three seasons) but he’s been excellent in the AHL, topping the .920 SV% mark his last three seasons there. By comparison, Dubnyk’s played nearly every game for Springfield, posting a .903 SV% this season. Additionally, Sabourin serves as built in insurance if Jeff Deslauriers falters over more games.

Ryan Stone is the key player coming back. He was a second-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and likely would have been picked higher if not for a concussion that affected his season. Here’s what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said about him after his selection:

Stone explained his resume in similar terms. Asked how many of his two dozen fights he had lost, he replied: “I haven’t lost too many.”

Despite narrowly missing being a first-round pick, Stone is a project. His top priority, as he allowed, is improving his skating, a common criticism among scouts.

Stone is viewed as a player in the mold of Brad May or Darren McCarty, owning the potential to develop his skills to a respectable level and having the edge to create enough room for himself to make it happen. He is versatile, having spent time on left wing and the power-play point. He also has been praised for helping Brandon win at least two playoff rounds in each of his two years there.

Stone is a restricted free agent after this season. He hasn’t scored at a high level in the AHL; back in 2006-07 he was on pace for his best season offensively when a nasty hand injury forced him out of the line-up. He is a very physical player, not shy about fighting, and is widely regarded as a two-way forward.

The 4th round pick is, as Lowetide says “another bullet in the gun”, but by itself it is a better return than Los Angeles got for the very comparable Jason Labarbera.

The only way I can see this trade is as a hands-down win for the Edmonton Oilers, and also for Mathieu Garon. Anybody who thought they were going to get more than this is greatly overvaluing Garon; in fact, if you’d told me yesterday that this trade was going to happen, I wouldn’t have believed it.

  • Hippy

    One caveat: I wrote this before seeing that the Islanders had lost their recently signed KHL import to Columbus, so it may be that Sabourin won't clear waivers, and (I'm speculating here) could be swapped to to New York almost immediately.

  • Hippy

    I like this move. Springfield is in rough shape right now and should Sabourin clear waivers he'll definitely be a big help in net, and Stone should have an immediate impact in Springfield who are in desperate need of depth at forward with the departures of Reddox, Brule and Potulny to the Oilers.

    This also helps get rid of the 3 goalie distraction in Edmonton and JDD should get more playing time as the season progresses. This is also a great move for Garon who will definitely see more playing time in Pittsburgh. It's not the blockbuster trade everyone hoped for, but it's a good deal regardless.

  • Hippy

    another crap trade by a struggling club and an embarrassing head office. we need consistent goaltending night in and night out for the rest of the season. they only factor i'm still hoping/betting on, is the rumor that this is all in part of a process to aquire bowmeester and kovalchuck, or gaborik, all whom oilers have made serious offers
    for! still the worst move made by the klowe mind, was getting rid of smytty for shit all. nillson and omarra? whopdeedoo. the biys on the bus club needs to either smarten up and impress oil fans, or get in to a bus a join a club thats going down like phoenix. at least gretz would go down with you. until then tell me where i can send my resume to become the new oilers gm!

  • Hippy

    Stone sounds exactly like what the Doctor orders for Springfield and to a lesser extent the Oilers.

    He is a solid winger with some size and Grit. (for all of you posters who have been complaining about the Oilers lack of size on the roster, both her and at the farm, this helps address this concern.

    A player that bangs a crashes makes room for himself and isn't offensively inept.

    This is a very solid trade by Tambellini. I am with Willis, I wouldn't have believed it a day ago considering what goaltenders have been going for.

    The three headed monster is dead. And if we get another pick for Sabourin, then we'll have a two picks and a prospect for Garon. Much better than putting him on the waiver wire.

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

    Fiveandagame.
    Much better would have been to trade 39 years old Roly, keep 31 years old Garon and save 2,5 mil.

    Except Roloson might actually be back next year, whereas Garon was almost guaranteed to walk in another 3 months.

  • Hippy

    I get the feeling sabourin coul go to the isles IF leclaire is traded to ottawa for vermette or something. Otherwise we will be stuck with sabourin and either leclaire or dubie is traded to the isles by CBJ.

  • Hippy

    Mike if my couch kept me from playing for over a month at the time I would have walked away too even if I was an Oilers fan for life. Garon is ANOTHER player killed by McT. and K.Lowe.

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

    Mike if my couch kept me from playing for over a month at the time I would have walked away too even if I was an Oilers fan for life. Garon is ANOTHER player killed by McT. and K.Lowe.

    Ok, fine. So why would you keep him instead of Roloson then if you agree that he's been killed?

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

    Mike.
    Because Roloson should have been send to AHL or traded 2 month ago and Garon should have been playing so he could get out of his slamp.

    Ah. I get what you're saying. I'm looking at it as "well, that ship has sailed, what do we do with this broken goaltender?"

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

    Mike.
    Because Roloson should have been send to AHL or traded 2 month ago and Garon should have been playing so he could get out of his slamp.

    Why the hell would the Oilers want to waive Roloson to send him to the AHL or trade him?

    He's the only goalie of the three who has played with any consistency. In case you haven't noticed he's been the clear starter since November.

    If you look at Garon's career he's been the model of inconsistency from year to year, what evidence did the Oilers have that he was going to play his way out of his "slump"?

    Consider further that Garon wasn't going to re-sign in Edmonton and I think the trading of Garon was the only logical choice in resolving the goalie situation and getting some assets back for a commodity declining in value.

  • Hippy

    @Jonathon

    The Oilers win this trade hands down

    I dont know. The question I ask myself is did this trade make the Oilers better? NO.

    It makes the Falcons better, not the Oilers.

    To win a trade it has to better your team/best player going to your team. I dont think we won it hands down.

  • Hippy

    CurtisS wrote:

    @Jonathon
    The Oilers win this trade hands down
    I dont know. The question I ask myself is did this trade make the Oilers better? NO.
    It makes the Falcons better, not the Oilers.
    To win a trade it has to better your team/best player going to your team. I dont think we won it hands down.

    Well, the 4th in 2011 is the best asset either way, so by that standard we won the trade.

    Plus, it frees up a roster spot to pressbox a forward instead of wasting it on a third goalie, which is nice. That makes the oilers better (since they can carry more depth, and hopefully we never see a Stortini-Strudwick-MacIntyre line ever again).

  • Hippy

    @Jonathon

    I should of noted that:

    They got rid of the 3 goaltender issue kinda.
    We got more than a 7th round pick.

    Im just saying that we didnt address any of our team issues. There for we didnt win it hands down.

  • Hippy

    @ Leonard:
    Garon who has bounced around the league? Garon who was handed the number 1 position this year and couldn't maintain his play? Garon who refused an extension over the summer?

    Garon played well for us last year, be had hardly been the model for consistency. Blame MacT all you want, but he played the better goal tender.

    Roloson has far out played Garon this season and if you are going to go into the playoffs you want your best goaltender.

    Roloson has been worth his pay check this year and has played at the level we saw when he first arrived.

    Roloson has been consitent all year and that is what you need in a goal tender.

    Last year we all saw how great Garon was, but he hardly stole any games for us. He made great saves and was great in the shootout….but we were in a shootout, meaning he hardly slammed the door on the other team.

    He is a solid back up for pittsburgh and I think he'd be happy. But if it was hard to Move Garon and his salary was only 1.1 mil, how on earth are you going to move Roli?

    And how many points would you be willing to gamble to "play" Garon out of his slump? 2-4 -6? We miss the playoffs by two points thats two points you'd regret letting him play out of his slump.

    Tambelini got something for which in three months they would have got nothing. Great trade, great for the Oilers and great for Garon.

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:
    Ryan Stone is a solid role player that had no room to move up on a deep Penguins team. He adds size and Grit and was drafted 32nd overall. Garon was expendable. And considering we didn't trade anything away to get Garon and we got him as a UFA. the Oilers win this hands down.

    Last year he had 39pts in 65 games and 129 mins in penalties. This kid could one day be on our fourth line. If we get a future roster player for Garon, that is more than Montreal got for their starting Goaltender last year at the deadline. Huet was got for a 4th round pick.

    Again, hands down the Oilers win.

  • Hippy

    @ Fiveandagame:

    Huet got a 2nd.

    We didnt adress any team issues. No faceoff man, no pk'er, no defensive dman, nothing also as of right now he is still going to be on the roster taking up a spot.

    Thats why I think we didnt win it hands down.

    Lets keep getting future roster players that might pan out while our team has glaring holes in it. That is all.

  • Hippy

    CurtisS wrote:

    @ Fiveandagame:
    Huet got a 2nd.

    Lets keep getting future roster players that might pan out while our team has glaring holes in it. That is all.

    Huet was also 21-12-6, 2.55, 0.916. That type of stats gets you a 2nd, a 0.895 gets you a 4th.

    And Garon didn't have enough value to fix any glaring hole in this team. If all you have to is $20, are you going to be mad when all your mechanic does is change the oil instead of fixing your transmission?