The Oilers have traded Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators for centre/winger Matt Hendricks.

Hendricks is in the first of a four-year deal that pays him $1.85 million.

Dubnyk will be a UFA at the end of the season.

Hendricks is a 4th line guy who kills penalties.

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He will be their 4th line centre, maybe winger, for the foreseeable future, so clearly the organization isn’t that high on Anton Lander. Lander needs to improve his footspeed. I know some won’t like Hendricks’ contract, and that is fair, but if the cap keeps going up it won’t look as bad as it does today. He doesn’t bring any offence, however, so in two years it could look really bad. A gamble for sure.

He plays the 2nd most PK minutes of any Nashville forward, so expect him to play a lot on the PK here. The Preds PK is currently 13th.


According to Bob McKenzie the Oilers have acquired Edmonton native Ben Scrivens from LA for a 3rd round pick as well.

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So Hendricks and Scrivens for Dubnyk and a 3rd…


  • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

    No goalie will be successful here until we seriously upgrade our D corp and our overall team D.

    Scrivens will play well for a few games based just on adrenaline then will tank like every other goalie who has passed through here over the past few years.

    But change is good.

  • Zarny

    Relax everyone….Hendricks is the defensive forward the Oilers need to overpay for…

    Him and Boyd Gordon are re-united… we just need David Steckel and we got Washington’s old 4th line.

    Some of the comments on here are blasting this guy for his offensive stats… i don’t think he’s expected to put up numbers…

    He was a shutdown guy that won faceoffs and played gritty for Washington in 2011 and 2012.

    I think we will see an improvement on the PK and faceoffs with this guy.

    Mac-T will make another move (likely Hemsky at deadline) for a 3rd pick…Likely Nashville’s as they are still looking for offense.

    • Extraskater.com

      He’s not a shut down guy, The way the Oilers need him to be, he’s on the wrong side in most categories you want a shut down guy to be.

      Again, he takes as many faceoffs as Kanopka does, he’s primarily a winger, so don’t expect long term improvement.

      Tougher 4th line yes. Better, nope.

      • Randaman

        Did you ever think that maybe Nashville didn’t want to deal Kanopka? Easy to criticize from the couch though. I do it too. Give the man a chance at least

        • Ok, so this is where your credibility takes a bit of a hit, Kanopka was with the Wild & waived by them, which means had MacTavish picked up a phone he could have had the same player at less dollars and less term.

          The first team got him from the waiver wire which was Buff.


  • Serious Gord

    Both moves on terms of return are minor relative to the big picture especially going forward after this season: a fourth line center for 1.85 million – and an aging one at that. Does his being a native of spruce grove have something to do with it? Is this another case of homerism?

    Scrivens when in front of a crap defense like torontos had about a .910 s % – not much different than dubnyk. And how many games is he going to play? 15? This season. Hardly a consequential acquisition.

    But what the oil traded is a yet another black mark on the organization and MacT:

    Dubnyk was a big project for the oil that has failed utterly. In the end MacT had to bribe another team to take him off their hands. Dubnyk had such a stench on him that MacT spent millions – in paying half his salary and taking on a grossly overpaid Hendricks (three years of a roster spot lost too) to get rid of him for another 15 games this year. MacT/Klowe were told by many over the last few years that DD wasn’t the answer yet they stuck with him – passing over other outside proven goalies (Niemi for one) clinging to the Dd dream. Even when MacT publically admitted that they needed to get a better goalie this off season he was content/too proud/too stubborn to not move him and instead take the team into this season with dd as his starter with – predictable to many – results. That was a HUGE mistake and it is 100% MacT/Klowes fault.

    Given paucity of actual results with these two moves besides the removal of an acute short-term pain (dubnyk) one wonders of these moves were made more for the benefit of the season ticket and advertising sales office than the on ice product.

    • Zarny

      Good grief. MacT might have been a “consultant” but he certainly wasn’t making personnel decisions like whether or not to keep Dubnyk.

      That’s all on Tambellini.

        • Zarny

          No actually MacT did move Dubnyk…today. I guess double check the title of the article?

          Dubnyk had a 0.921 SV% on a 26th place team last year. That’s better than a lot of very good G.

          It was perfectly reasonable for MacT to give Dubnyk a shot this year whether you like it or not. When it wasn’t working MacT shipped out Labarbera and brought in Bryz.

          That hasn’t solved the problem so once again MacT moves on to see if another solution will work. I have no problem with that. Every GM will make mistakes. I like that MacT doesn’t hesitate to try to fix his mistakes.

          There is a mountain of cr*p you can dump on Tambo and Lowe; but not MacT. Not yet anyway.

    • Schrivens is from spruce grove, Hendricks is from minnesota. in fairness to mact he said Dubnyk wasnt the answer , remember “if you have to ask?” . First I heard that they passed over Niemi. He brought in Bryzgalov to replace him and moved him out in a little over a half a season in his first as gm which is hardly hanging onto the dream. Should he have been moved earlier?, in my opinion yes, was a better trade available earlier? We’ll never know, I would guess he would be a hard sell to hockey minds smarter than the people posting on here and the majority of us knew he wasnt a good option.

  • Bucknuck

    For a third round pick I would go after Sean Burke or Nashville’s goaltending coach. We have had a number of promising goalies fizzle in town and it continues with DD. It was time for him to get a new team, but was he given proper coaching.

    I know not everything can be blamed on coaching, but it sure seems that Stu takes a beating for not drafting better. Maybe the problem isn’t the kid drafted at 18 its the man at 23 that the team develops.

  • Randaman

    Everyone needs to chill a bit. It was only Dubnyk and a 3rd for Scrivens and Hendricks. Sure he’s got a contract about 500k too high, but next year it’s too small to freak out about.

    And funny somehow the attitude towards Dubnyk on ON just took a 180. A few weeks ago he was dirt, and now Mac should have gotten way more? With who?

    The other GM’s don’t see our garbage as anything more than what it is. Who out there thinks that Gagner will get much more than Hendricks? I bet the other GM’s don’t. And what they think is what matters. Not what we think, not what Mac thinks, not what Gagner thinks. It’s what the other GM’s think.

    You know, the Oilers could use a guy like Hendricks, why don’t we see what he does?

  • Chris.

    To grab an outside the market perspective: Matthew Barnaby on twitter:

    When Mac T took over said there would be serious changes!!! This is insane!!! Better to be quiet and make moves when you can rather than Ummmmmmmmm This…….#Oilers

    Why do I feel a divorce attorney did this deal. We’ll take Dubnyk…But u pay half… We don’t want Hendricks and the 3.5 yrs left. U take that…oh yeah and give us a 3rd pick for our 3rd goalie that’s unrestricted… That it???? No… Have a great day 🙂

  • D'oh-ilers

    Individually, neither move is thrilling, but once the other pieces start to fall into place, they should be valuable pieces to the puzzle. Hendricks contract is a bit rich, but he was heavily pursued by several teams in the offseason, so he obviously does something right.

  • O.C.

    Two groups of people.

    1) Those who are for/against the trades.

    2) Those who are happy/ticked about the management decisions leading up to the trade.


    1) Ambivalent on trades. Some good with a potential downside. Change was needed but at what cost?

    2) This is the same management team that wanted to overpay for the same person they traded a 3rd rounder for.

    This is the same management team that wanted to overpay for Dany Heatley, Thomas Vanek, and David Clarkson.

    What is hard to grasp here?

  • Time Travelling Sean

    I think we’re overreacting, which is natural, who wants to focus on the stuff happening on the ice after all.

    If we totally got fleeced, we got fleeced a 3rd round pick because we probably could have got Scrivens for a 5th or 6th considering L.A’s goalie depth.

    If Hendricks is overpaid, he’s getting overpaid by the league minimum at best, and when the cap is 70M next year 1.85M isn’t going to break the back of the team, not to mention they can just dump him in the minors if he falls off a cliff.

  • gus1000

    I’m afraid the second coming of Terry Sawchuk, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, insert name here is not going to help this defense core. Any goalie we put into this current group is set up for failure.

    If Scrivens doesn’t stand on his head,he gets bashed and trashed, leaves town since we are a career graveyard for goalies who stick around, and we lost a 3rd round pick.

    I agree Dubnyk had to go, but fire him to the minors, bring up Bachman, let his contract end,and call it a day, instead of bringing in a very expensive fourth liner. One who we get to pay for another 3 years. Unless they plan on using their last compliance buyout on him, which isn’t great either, it seems like a backwards move in the salary department. In a year or two we have potential to spend larger dollars on guys like Yakupov and Schultz, not to mention shoring up the defense and the bottom two lines. Dollars will be required before Hendricks contract end.

  • Bryzarro World

    Did some reading and took a second look at trade.

    It blowes!

    I thought MacT was a goof for taking back some of Dub’s salary but it really blowes now. An overpaid 4th line guy that is on the decline and wasn’t too hot to begin with and a bad contract. BOLD you goof. Should have played with a helmet.

    Go to Europe next year and find a mean mofo to plug that spot or even a homegrown plug but to pay almost 2 mil for this? JOKE