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

    I'm pretty sure we could get Weight and another player and possibly a draft pick for Penner. I heard a couple weeks ago that when Burke took over in TO that he didn't like Euro's. Does To have a center that is European and need a back-up or a piano dragging neanderthal?

  • Hippy

    R-DAWG wrote:

    Does To have a center that is European and need a back-up or a piano dragging neanderthal?

    Antropov and Grabovski. And I don't think the Leafs want to part with either of them. For Penner anyway. But who knows.
    And I don't really know if either of those guys address any of our issues. We already have a lot of speedy, offensive centremen.

  • Hippy

    I hate to keep banging this drum but yet another player who did very well when he first arrived suddenly fell through a crack in the ice never to be seen again. Yet another player with considerable capabilities is sacrificed by an Oiler organization that he can't get along with. This time it's Pete Peeters. Can someone refresh my memory on what exactly he accomplished during his career? Yet again we see the Oil executives hand a player a fistful of change of address cards and then they kiss him off. I'll stick my neck out here and predict Garon goes to the Pitt and kicks ass. (After that a-hole coach is replaced that is.) Go Mathieu and good luck to you!

  • Hippy

    @ CurtisS:

    So we should keep three goaltenders just in case one of them gets injured?

    Roloson was not going to be traded.

    They didn't want to trade JDD.

    Garon was the only logical choice.

  • Hippy

    Ned wrote:

    Can someone refresh my memory on what exactly he accomplished during his career?

    Named to American Hockey League All-Star Second Team, 1978-79.
    Shared (with Robbie Moore) Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Trophy, 1978-79.
    Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game, 1980.
    Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game, 1981.
    Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game, 1983.
    Went thirty-one games without a loss, 1982-83.
    Named to National Hockey League All-Star First Team, 1982-83.
    Winner, Vezina Trophy, 1983.
    Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game, 1984.
    Named National Hockey League Player of the Week, October 29, 1984.
    Named National Hockey League Player of the Month (8-3-1, 2.21 GAA, .926 SV), November 1990.

  • Hippy

    Travis Dakin wrote:

    @ 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.

    Garon was gone at the end of the year and if you want him back it is UFA time – so your argument is not valid – you will get nothing until the trade deadline then the value coming back skyrockets

  • Hippy

    deep oil wrote:

    Garon was gone at the end of the year and if you want him back it is UFA time – so your argument is not valid

    Uh…. that is EXACLTY what I said.

  • Hippy

    R-DAWG wrote:

    I’m pretty sure we could get Weight and another player and possibly a draft pick for Penner. I heard a couple weeks ago that when Burke took over in TO that he didn’t like Euro’s. Does To have a center that is European and need a back-up or a piano dragging neanderthal?

    weight and a pick would be a steal allowing us to be rid of the penner $$$$ responsbility – deals mid season are for the picking if you have cap room – screw UFA season – try disgruntled player or bankrupt team season

  • Hippy

    CurtisS wrote:

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    What do you think Garon’s value to the Oilers would be if Roli went down to injury??
    Just curious your answer.

    That is a completely pointless question, CurtisS. If Roli went down, they would go with JDD and call up Sabourin, if he is still around, or Dubnyk.

    You comment is only one step short of saying What would Garon be worth to the Oilers if the team charter crashed and everyone died. He would be worth so much more then. Give it a rest, dude.

  • Hippy

    First it's get rid of Mac-t(for the record i agree), then it's get rid of Lowe, now it's get rid of Peeters and Joey Moss?? Maybe Peeters saw something in Garon that we didn't see…he did lose his job outright to a 39 year old. Maybe his work ethic sucked…kinda follows suit with a few others on this team. Lately I think we have all seen sparks of what this team can do, and now this goalie situation is over (temporary) it opens some doors for future moves. I hope moving one or two players will light some fires because they all can't be lucky and get traded to Pittsburgh.

  • Hippy

    R-DAWG wrote:

    First it’s get rid of Mac-t(for the record i agree), then it’s get rid of Lowe, now it’s get rid of Peeters and Joey Moss?? Maybe Peeters saw something in Garon that we didn’t see…he did lose his job outright to a 39 year old. Maybe his work ethic sucked…kinda follows suit with a few others on this team. Lately I think we have all seen sparks of what this team can do, and now this goalie situation is over (temporary) it opens some doors for future moves. I hope moving one or two players will light some fires because they all can’t be lucky and get traded to Pittsburgh.

    Peters was a standup goalie where as Garon and JDD are butterfly, how well did peters coach JDD in his stint in the minors?2-4? save 886? Peters is an oldtime goalie he does not know anything about butterfly.

  • Hippy

    R-DAWG wrote:

    So if Phoenix goes under do think Gretzky would coach here??

    It depends where his payroll boss Gary Bettman places him – noting that a cloud follows every business transaction – Wayne Unland claims he is being paid by the league to hang out in PHX – as per Stauffer Toral Sports one year ago

  • Hippy

    R-DAWG wrote:

    So if Phoenix goes under do think Gretzky would coach here??

    That's just what we need: Another member of the old boys club who, when asked about the current status of the team, tells a story about how the same thing happened in 86-87.

  • Hippy

    Jack Bauer wrote:

    @ deep oil:
    Does the league pay him to be a minority owner in the team too?

    no – but he was offerred and flaunted by the media as managing partner – 99 was quoted that the deal was too good to pass up – when you are the managing martner of a business – it usually means that you have no money in the deal, you participate in the process and at the end of the deal you get a percentage – i think he has a clause protecting him from all the red ink – Janet would be ticked as this would affect the family that lives separately for many reasons…. the 99 name was the key in creating buzz in glendale – when doing the deal was negative from day one – but this is a land deal and hockey was a byproduct of the entertainment district with jimmy buffet and country bar – not working…. moyes took his company private in the height of the economy – two years ago then got hit with fuel surcharge – now moyes is the caretaker and Michael Dell actually holds the note – Gary Bettman – this is a non success without calling you names and using profanity – your owners are ticked about having to coddle this ship in the dog in the desert – norht of the border George Gillete is another owner ready to call Uncle and the tampa situation is interesting as the VC fire sale is upon us – as Vinny's salary will bankrupt the team – contraction by 4 – 6 teams within 24 months

  • Hippy

    Librarian Mike wrote:

    R-DAWG wrote:
    So if Phoenix goes under do think Gretzky would coach here??
    That’s just what we need: Another member of the old boys club who, when asked about the current status of the team, tells a story about how the same thing happened in 86-87.

    no – options are to work in NY with slats, head office as Bettman is forced out, or to work with the mystery group that keeps popping up in vegas so Janet does not have to call Tochett or jump on Southwest to place bets at the palms….. there is a great piece of land next to the palms (non gaming zoned) that would be a great addition for George Maloof and the NINE group – property was $29 million and went condo – now in limbo… but with the outdoor game being touted on the strip due to FENWAY under repairs – this could get ineresting for the optics and opportunity…..

    Realistic cities for relocation…..

    1) Toronto – leafs must fall own their sword
    2) Hamilton – JIM B
    3) Milwaukee – close to Twin Cities demo
    4) Hartford – Jason Gregor getting excited
    5) WPG – not enough corp but still possible
    6) Vegas – possible consortium – loss leader – no
    ticket base
    7) Kansas City – exhibition game NYI
    8) Seattle – always mentioned but now lost sonics

  • Hippy

    Attn: Deep Oil

    Listen dude, It's 11:17pm on a Saturday night and I am drunk as Funk. Dude, it's obvious that you know some sh*t. But seriosly, you have got to learn how to use the english language to your advantage. the "-" are very inappropriate. If you can please elaborate on your points about things instead of throwing the dashes out and the occasional vague statement, you might have some more credibility. Seriously dude, I want to support your cause but you're crazying me out. Dammit Deep Oil.

  • Hippy

    Remember when Garon got the start in Pittsburg? Remember how he let in five unanswered goals, including two softies, in only twenty shots? It's funny to me that is the only time Pittsburg fans saw him in action. How excited could they be?

  • Hippy

    Whatever you think of Garon's '09 season numbers, the dude had a couple of post .900 SV pct and him as insurance is worth more than the return.

    That is if you're interested in making the playoffs.

  • Hippy

    It's now 1:34am and I am even drunker and I just got back from having to deal with my GF's drama at the bar and I come home to check the nation and I find that I am still pissed off at Deep Oil. Dude! Give up the Crazy and start with the legitimate insider info. You're bastardization (I think I spelled that right and am impressed by my drunnk self if that is even a word) of the english language is starting to really make me go monkey sh*t! I want to believe the message but you are making it hard dude. Make me a believer and have someone translate your message to us folks at the nation. Amen. You crazy farktard! Praise be to Wanye (you crazy drunk bastard)