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

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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.

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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

    @ CurtisS:

    I agree that we didn't address any immediate issues (IE. Centreman, someone who understands how a PK works) but just going on the fact that we finally got rid of the three headed monster, and we have a solid back up goalie to use as trade bait, and we got rid of what amounted to a little more than dead weight, how can you not see it as a hands down Oiler win?

  • Hippy

    @ jeanshorts:

    Like I said. We didnt adress any holes in our team. We also didnt get the best player in the trade. We also picked up 2 players which has our contract situation at 49 now. Not much wiggle room.

  • Hippy

    @ Mike:

    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?

    So why take it in to the mechanic than?? Just curious.

    Im not saying we didnt do good in the deal. Im just saying for the 4 th or 5 th time we didnt win this deal hands down.

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:

    Absolutley a hands down win. This wasn't a deal to fix the needs in all areas. It was a dwal to fix the three goalie system, which it did. And if you read what Willis said, Goalies aren't getting sh*t in trades right now, and Garon would have walked at the end of the season for nothing so getting as much as we did, is a clear win. Garon sucks, which is why this will be his fourth team and now we have more room to address the other needs you are so concerned about.

  • Hippy

    I don't even think there is any question about this trade.

    It really is a win-win for both team.

    The Oilers get something for a player that would have walked in three months and was beaten out for the number one team.

    The Penguins get an upgrade on the backup position.

    I am with Jonathan on this one, this is a better return that I would have imagined and it sends like they may get something for Sabourin as well.

    Good trade.

  • Hippy

    @ Travis Dakin:

    Yet we took on 1 extra contract putting us at 49. Max is 50 for those that dont know.

    FYI Travis, we still have the 3 goaltender situation for the time being.

  • Hippy

    @ me:

    There you go. Its a win for both teams. Not a win for the Oilers hands down. Thats what im arguing here.

    Look at some previous trades of ours.

    Traded for Chris Pronger. We won

    Traded for Spacek. We won.

    Traded Chris Pronger. We lost

    Traded Ryan Symth. We lost

    Traded for Roli. We won.

    What do all these have in common?? The best player had the team won.

    Argue all you want the team that lands the best player wins the trade.

  • Hippy

    Spector said "This move was long overdue, but now it begs the question: are the Oilers planning to re-sign Dwayne Roloson? Or is next season's goalie tandem to be Sabourin and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers?" Scary!!!

  • Hippy

    If you think Oilers are going to get somebody on the free agent market tell me when did they manage to get a good player on the market. Did you think why they cant get anyone? Think GM.

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

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

    If this team were to trade Roloson, they're effectively saying that they aren't interested in making the playoffs; Roli's .915 SV% is among the best in the NHL right now.

    Garon, on the other hand, hasn't played well at all. Whoevers fault it is, he isn't the guy to hand the reins to if this is a playoff team.

  • Hippy

    Leonard wrote:

    If you think Oilers are going to get somebody on the free agent market tell me when did they manage to get a good player on the market. Did you think why they cant get anyone? Think GM.

    Well I think Souray was a pretty good FA pickup… but maybe that's just me.

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:

    I don't disagree with any of that Curtis but really it was more of a trade to get rid of the goaltending 3 headed monster (and reading between the lines it seems that Sabourin will either be in Springfield or traded in the next couple of days.

    Really I expected this trade to be Garon for a lower round draft pick.

    It was a small trade so there is really nothing really to get too excited about either way but the fact they got more than I thought is a good thing but I am certainly not going to do cartwheels but for a minor trade I feel it is a good one.

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:

    I see what you're saying about a hands-down win, but at this point, Garon had effectively no value to the Oilers; he's been the worst of their three tenders. I think that in terms of return, Tambellini did a nice job to get something of some value.

    Still, this is a trade that fixes a lingering problem (three-headed goaltending tandem) but doesn't address the major issues on the team. But in all honesty, Garon wasn't going to be the piece that fetched the answer to those problems anyway.

  • Hippy

    UFA Goaltenders this summer who might fit the Oilers goaltending need(for those of you who are curious):

    Fernandez
    Thomas
    Khabibulin
    Roloson
    Garon
    Anderson
    Backstrom
    Gerber
    Brion
    Legace
    Kolzig
    Boucher
    Labarbera

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:

    This trade wasn't meant to fix any of the problems the Oilers have but the three headed goalie monster on the Oilers roster.

    It is what it is.

    I have no problem with it from that perspective.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    Fernandez-MAYBE
    Thomas-DEFINATLEY
    Khabibulin-NOT
    Roloson-AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT HE CAN DO!
    Garon-NOT
    Anderson-WHO?
    Backstrom-KILLS US EVERYTIME!!
    Gerber-NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!
    Brion-BIRON WOULD FIT NICE
    Legace-NOT A CHANCE
    Kolzig-TOO OLD,MIGHT AS WELL SIGN ROLI
    Boucher-USELESS!
    Labarbera-NO THANKS

  • Hippy

    CurtisS wrote:

    @ Travis Dakin:
    FYI Travis, we still have the 3 goaltender situation for the time being.

    We won't have a 3 goaltender situation when saborin get's sent to the minors. And even if he does get picked up, we still got a lot more than anyone would ever have expected. I kinda expected them to put Garon on waivers about a week ago. Great trade Tambo.

  • Hippy

    How long till the Oil need to make a decision on sending Sabourin down and possibly losing him on waivers?? If trade #2 is in the works I hope it involves Penner…he has been useless and slow for far to long. I hope we can trade him to NYI and maybe pick up a good center if they have one??

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:
    Sanbourin is either on waivers or being traded so he won't be on the books for long. And someone will pick him up either way. and we'll have 48 contracts.

    Some people are impossible to please.

    This gives the team far more flexibility in terms of in house roster moves or another trade.

  • Hippy

    jeanshorts wrote:

    volfman wrote:
    Unless you want comrie NYI’s got nothing. There’s a reason for why they suck.
    DOUG…WEIGHT.

    It would be awesome if Comrie got traded here. Hilarious.

  • Hippy

    @ jeanshorts:
    it actually would be nice to see Doug weight finish his career in edmonton. but I really don't think a 38 year at the end of his career would be enough for pennner.

  • Hippy

    @ volfman:

    Oh no definitely not for Penner. I was just making an observation that there was at least one other decent asset that the Isle's have that the Oilers are looking for.

    As terrible has Penner has been lately, he still does have upside. But good luck unloading him to anyone while he's still under that ridiculous contract. We are stuck with him so we might as well try and find a silver lining, and just hope that either a new coach comes in and straightens him out, or something sparks him and he can do it on his own.