At last year’s trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers sent away 2-way defender Tom Gilbert in favor of veteran defensive defenseman Nick Schultz. It capped a 3-year period where Edmonton sent away quality, veteran players. Will we see the same this time?


  • March 1: Oilers trade D Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft (Curtis Hamilton).
  • March 3: Oilers trade D Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for D Ryan Whitney and a 6th rd pick in the 2010 draft (Brandon Davidson).
  • March 3: Oilers trade D Steve Staios to Calgary for D Aaron Johnson and 2011 3rd rd pick (Travis Ewanyk).

In what could be termed the ‘great Barbara Ann Scott’ purge of 2010, Edmonton sent away the sublime Lubo plus two other regular defensemen at a deadline that raised the white flag and sent fans to the draft preview websites.


  • February 28: Oilers trade L Dustin Penner to Los Angeles for D Colten Teubert, 1st rd pick in 2011 (Oscar Klefbom) and a conditional 3rd rd pick in 2012 (Daniil Zharkov).

This is a classic ‘rebuilding team at the deadline’ trade save for the fact Penner had another season left on his contract. Edmonton had long since tipped their hand to the fanbase that the rebuild would continue until further notice, and the deal resembles the Ryan Smyth deal of 2007 in that there were ‘three assets’ in return for a useful player who could contribute in a significant way to a championship run.

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The Oilers have not received much at the NHL level from the deal, but that should change starting this fall and could pay dividends rolling out over a decade or more; it could also crash in a heap. Such is the nature of offloading proven talent for picks and prospects.


  • Februrary 27: Oilers deal D Tom Gilbert (signed through 2014 summer) to Minnesota for D Nick Schultz (also signed through 2014 summer).

This was a trade that gave Edmonton a veteran LH defender who played a safer, more sedate style of game. Gilbert’s skill set on the Oilers was duplicated by the emerging Jeff Petry, an Oiler draft from 2006 who took time to develop.


The Oilers dealt off those veteran players–Lubo, Penner, Gilbert–as part of a rebuilding plan. Purge the actual NHL players, grab a wonderful tomorrow.

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At some point, the men who make the decisions about this hockey club–I count Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Steve Tambellini–have to ‘man up’ and give these young performers some stable role players to keep the beat and play the opponents to at least a draw.

I think we’re at a point where Hall the Chance Machine, Ebs, The Nuge, Yak City and Samwise can push the river if the 6’s and 7’s and 9’s can keep the score even.


The Edmonton Oilers youth is ready to do some damage–but they need help. Today’s waiver move of Ben Eager is a nice start, and I do believe there’s an opportunity between now and the deadline. There’s a UFA-to-be to sign and maybe a trade or two–except this time Oiler fans should expect some immediate help.

Playoffs or not, the time for rebuilding is over and the time for team building has arrived.

The path is clear, it’s time to find a way.

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  • Quicksilver ballet

    Only thing guys is, it’s not as easy as some of the posts are implying. I share the frustration of Tambellini’s errors over time, but am REALLY hesitant to let him get the idea he should “do something”. I go back to what MacT said: “…important to not do anything stupid”.
    In order to get quality, we have to give up quality, unless there’s a GM out there dumber than T. I don’t know of any (maybe Snow but they have Dougie too). So, to be more real, we have to think about upgrading and changing the composition of the team by investing some of our quality players. “Whitney and Potter for Crosby” trades ain’t gonna happen. Our junk is not going to get us anything more than small upgrades to better junk. (Like Brown/Eager). That’s a good thing but isn’t going to get us the keys to the Cup. The elephant in the room is having 5 crown jewels who are all sort of the same size and skill set. I won’t dare chance the vilification by going there! So, first move? Hemsky and whatever for something big, fast, with hands, and most of all, who doesn’t turn the puck over every shift. After that it gets trickier. Just sayin’

  • See this is where I say the Oiler’s are in no way ready to move off the rebuild.

    They need a number 1 defenseman.

    I don’t care how many points Gagner has…He is not the center this team need’s moving forward.

    The Oilers have to find replacements for Horcoff, Smyth, Belanger, Petrel, Whitney, Hemsky , Potter , Hartikainen

    The Oilers still have to get tougher in the bottom six.

    Like LT said, find player’s to mix in the top six.

    The Oilers just don’t have the assets to move for these pieces.

    • Hear, hear.

      The top five are the only untradables. We took the best players in the draft regardless of their position with the intent of dealing the lesser surplus talent to fill out the team. Hemsky AND gagner are BOTH surplus goods and both are playing at or near the top of their game. This is the perfect time to deal them.

      The test is… Do [email protected] have the guts to pull the trigger?

  • Let’s stop the “Yakupov for XXXX” crazy talk, shall we? Kid’s playing top 6 minutes right outta the box despite being a defensive calamity. We need that big juicy D-man, we can buy him this summer or trade Hemsky + a second rounder.

  • Mumbai Max

    First thing I gotta say is Im glad they got rid of that bum Gilbert. Schultz is much better, dont care what anyone says or what any stupid advanced stat says. Tom Gilbert was not a hockey player he was terrible to watch.

    Second thing is get Chris Stewart out of St Louis somehow. Dont care how just get him. Without trading the wonder kids.

  • vetinari

    The Oil will actually be in decent position next year, capwise, once Whitney, Khabibulin, and Sutton’s contracts and Souray’s buyout are off the books, and I’m sure that there will be a dozen or so teams looking to offload talent between now and then– now’s the time to be ringing phones and knocking on doors to supplement the roster and get the players that they should have signed or traded for years ago.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    I’d ask Glen about Brian Boyle. Big center having a very bad year in NY. He’s a 3rd line guy but he brings elements that this team needs. NYR should be looking to bolster their team for the playoffs. Any time you have Richards, Nash, Lundqvist and Gaborik together, you should be thinking Stanley Cup run.

  • outdoorzguy

    Some things I find disheartening;

    -all you youngsters have no idea who Barbie Benton is, she was on Hee Haw and a Playboy playmate in the 70’s
    -why do posters here refer to the players by some form of nickname, use their real name, oh, and by the way, adding an “s” to the first three letters of their last name or adding “y” to the last name doesn’t create a nickname. Nicknames are “Toe”, “Gump”, “Cujo”, “the Flower”, “Boom Boom”…get the idea?
    -this management group is incapable of doing anything significant to improve the quality of this team so you are just wasting your time putting forward the trades you’d like to see, Timid Tambellini and Loser Lowe just aren’t good enough to do anything at a pro level.

  • StHenriOilBomb

    It’s frustrating to see Oiler’s management consider shipping guys down the road because they aren’t as good as they need to be to play the role they are put in, instead of keeping them and playing them in the role in they are perfectly suited to for.

    Smid is exactly what they need for the 4-6 spot on defence moving forward, how about the novel idea of keeping him and playing him there instead of moving him out to free up a spot to bring in a better 1-3 player?

    They will not become a good team until they start pushing some of these guys down the line up – and some of them right out.

    As for the Hemsky for Stewart suggestion mentioned earlier, yes please. I like Hemsky but Stewart, even if he is inconsistent, changes the top 6 dynamic in a desperately needed way.

    As for Jack Johnson, No thanks.

  • Sal-Sational

    Wasnt Omark the wing man for Zetterberg and lighting it up in the SEL?
    Khabiboulin will be an upgrade over Gustevson (he was brutal against Calgary last night) and Detroit love experience goaltenders (Hasek/Osgood/Cujo)

    and i can see a Whitney fit in with the wings.. but its just a thought…

  • Sal-Sational

    Sell High!! i would trade Gagner + a pick for Dubinky and one of the 3 1st round picks CBJ have. or Gagner to CHI for Brendan Saad or Bolland. (Gagner + Kane Connection) Cuz the way he’s going i think he’ll be asking for $5M+