THE MOTHER OF ALL TRADE DEADLINES

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I cannot imagine a more effective trade deadline than Kevin Lowe’s in 2006. The Oilers of 2005-06 were an outstanding club sans goaltending, so Lowe went out and addressed it. Then he got busy.

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The deadline deals in 2006 went like this:

  1. January 26, 2006: JAROSLAV SPACEK. The Chicago Blackhawks gave up the veteran blueliner for the rights to Tony Salmelainen! In modern terms, that’s like a thin Linus Omark. Spacek provided quality play down the stretch and deep into the spring for Edmonton.
  2. January 26, 2006: DICK TARNSTROM. Pittsburgh sent him over for Cory Cross (who was extremely disappointed to be dealt) and Jani Rita. In modern terms, Jani Rita was like a failed Riley Nash. Tarnstrom was in and out of the lineup through the spring but did play some good hockey for Edmonton as a depth player.
  3. March 8, 2006: DWAYNE ROLOSON. Kevin
    Lowe’s 2nd most famous “good trade” cost a first round pick in 2006 and
    a conditional pick—it was worth every penny. Roloson would backstop the legendary ’06 group
    to the SCF finals before injury robbed him (and us) of the opportunity
    to play in the finals (after game one). This was the type of trade you
    make when close to winning it all–it would be a foolish move for such a
    young and developing team (like the current edition) but it was splendid
    at the time. The picks turned into Trevor Lewis and Spencer Machachek. 
  4. March 9, 2006: SERGEI SAMSONOV. Man he scored some big goals that spring. Samsonov had terrific skill and I seem to remember each of his four post-season goals as being huge. Edmonton gave up Marty Reasoner (who they could have used later, when Pouliot went down with mono) along with Yan Stastny and the draft pick that turned into Milan Lucic.

This year, the Oilers are on the other end. We can look forward to prospects like Salmelainen and Rita or picks that may one day turn into Milan Lucic (PLEASE baby Jesus!). It’s a distant bell now, but I loved that team and still do. When we get back there ladies and gentleman, it will be just as sweet.

  • T__Bone88

    Oh how wonderful was that ’06 playoffs for someone that just turned 18 when it started, best 3 months ever! I can’t remember a team that got so most value back for giving up so little in regards to the players that the Oilers gave away that deadline and any deadline since.

  • Oilers89

    I haven’t seen it posted on here yet (I apologize if it has been posted). Apparently Kesler requested a trade. He likely won’t wind up here but he sure would look nice as our 2C.

  • vetinari

    Lucic. Sweet mother of the hockey gods. We could have had Lucic.

    Wait a minute. We would never have drafted Lucic even if we could have given that our amateur scouting department was giving us gems such as Rita, Salmaleinen, Wobbly Joe and wazhisface around this era.

    In all fairness, that deadline was one of our best and I remember the feeling of euphoria when we added these guys to play along side Pronger and co. and aside from Reasoner, we never really gave up more than magic beans.

  • billythebullet

    Sadly Spachek left for less money for an eastern conference team, Pronger requested a trade, Peca retired, Samsanov…does anyone know what happened to him, he kinda just disappeared. I will always wonder why a team that almost won it all, just up and vanished. Such a shame.

  • Serious Gord

    At the time, Wild was over-estimating Fernandez’s ability to be no.1. During those years that I always felt that Roloson was a better goalie than Fernandez would be. I was more than happy to know that Wild made a really dumb move by trading away their legit no.1 to Edmonton.

    Samsonov was never interested in playing for Edmonton, he was a key piece for Edmonton’s great run but he was never intended to stay.

    I actually had a bet with co-worker on the following season by saying that Oilers will miss playoffs, and I have not yet receive the payment from the winning (sadly) bet.

    It was obvious when Edmonton lost Pronger, Samsonov, Peca,and Dvorak that they lost too many key players from roster to be able to make it back. 6lings then start over-paying whoever else left on the roster without evaluating who actually deserve the money. Horcoff was not a great first line C and Pisani was more of a career AHLer but both got a huge payday. The unreal success was the beginning of the failure of Oilers. Oilers were an 8th place team! If anyone watch NHL long enough knowing the difference of regular season and playoffs are the extreme compare to other mainstream sports in north America. Once you are in the playoffs that any team will have a chance to win the Lord Stanley, like how Kings did it.

  • Chainsawz

    I’m pretty critical of coaching/management but while MacTavish hasn’t had enough time to fully piss me off, if this deadline is a dud, I feel like he gets a pass with so many teams up against the cap and not much in terms of first rate rentals to offer.

    I expect a few deals at the draft however. What caliber they are, who knows but it would be nice to see a major shake up on the back end.

    • pkam

      Is MacGregor the amateur head scout, not the professional head scout?

      Unless our focus is on prospects still playing in juniors, why is it on Stu Macgregor’s shoulders?

  • 27Ginge

    I was only in grade 8 during that cup run but I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s sad to think of what has transpired since then but imagine how much worse it would have been if we would have missed the playoffs that season or been bumped by the Wings in the first round? At least we were given one last thrill before the roof caved in.

  • Serious Gord

    The number of juicy veterans that may get moved grows. A remarkable thing considering the tight cap space this season. Too bad EDM didn’t follow belichick’s advice and make sure to have lots of cap space in reserve or we might be able to capitalize on some of this.

  • Serious Gord

    6Rings probably doesn’t get enough credit for the job he did building that 2006 team. He actually did really well building good teams on small budgets in the early 2000s, as well. It makes me wonder what happened to him after the 2006 run. I recall the excitement I felt after the lockout and how Edmonton could compete with the rest of the league. It’s incredible that we’re still waiting to get back into the playoffs after that unforgettable run. Yeah I want that feeling back, too.

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      It is not hard to explain, the unthinkable success of the 2006 was a really bad break for Oilers. Fans were expecting the same performance from a very depleted team, it was hard to live up to it. The one that carried the team was Pronger, it was proven when he joined up with another legendary player Niedermayer and Ducks won the cup (which I also predicted to win SC that year). 6lings has to do something to satisfied fans and live up to the expectation, but it was too difficult to have to literally rebuild the entire franchise at the end of cup run. Oilers were so bad for the last few years because they rush the progress every single season.

      Only if fans and managements have some realistic expectations that the team may be on the right track. For now, if they trade away any of the core players without getting someone can help franchise in a long run then it will be another dumb move. Fans and managements have to realize that Oilers will be lucky by only missing one more year of playoffs, this team is still 3~4 years away from be able to fully developed.

    • JSR

      I totally agree, 6 Rings deserves the credit for the additions that year, but he was also the GM in charge when Pronger was traded…you can’t let the best d’man in the world hold a gun to your head. This was the start of the undoing of the Edmonton Oilers…

        • pkam

          KBLowe sent Souray to the A for a little back talk. That left no D, cap hit on the team, while KBLowe went back to his room and polished his rings.

          That’s how he handles players.

          • pkam

            How does Lowe handle players?

            Pronger committed an ex-marriage affair in Edmonton. He asked Lowe for a favor and Lowe found a trade ASAP and got him out of Edmonton to save his marriage and family. This is an example of how Lowe handles his players.

            When Souray wanted to get traded and went public about his request, after they failed to make a trade, they put him on waiver so he could be claimed and played somewhere else. After he cleared waiver, later they put him on re-entry waiver, so if he got claimed, he can played somewhere else while the Oilers ate half his salary.

          • pkam

            There also was a story circulating that when Pronger signed the extension that him and Lowe had a deal that that if his wife(who is a daughter of the Dupont empire) did not like the city he would trade him elsewhere. This does explain the rented place and furniture, no one was expecting the Oilers to be one win away from the cup and Lowe had hoped the run would make the Prongers to want to stay.

  • Benny Botts

    I’ve noticed Craig MacTavish at some Kingston Frontenac games lately. The Oilers may have achance at picking Sam Bennett early in the June 2014 NHL draft in Philadelpia. I though Oilers Nation may be interested in my recent interview with Sam Bennett.

    Sam Bennett, the player and the person

    Born in Holland Landing, a small Ontario town of 8,500 with a river running through it, Sam Bennett is a 17 year old two-way centre for the Kingston Frontenac’s. He was recently projected as the No. 1 selection in the NHL June 2014 draft by central scouting mid-term rankings. Most hockey fans have watched his puck handling and play making skills on flat screen TVs at home or through Plexiglass sheets at the rink. I sat down with Sam after a Frontenac practice on Wednesday February 5th,, 2014 to get insight into Sam Bennett, the player and the person.

    1. Tell me something a coach showed you and said that had an impact on you as a player and a person? Who was the one coach who helped you the most?

    Brian McDavid of the York Simcoe Express is the coach who helped me the most. He showed me how to stick handle which is a big part of my game today.

    He was the guy at the rink who was always saying that you should have fun playing hockey. He also told me to play my game and stick to it.

    2. Do you trash talk on the ice? What do opposing player’s trash talk you about? Anything in particular that annoys you?

    I don’t trash talk.

    But some players trash talk me. They mock the draft rankings and tell me their team has a lot of players better than me.

    Trash talk doesn’t bother me. It’s just talk.

    3. I recently watched the movie Moneyball about a five star can’t-miss baseball prospect named Billy Beane who the New York Mets signed for a lot of money. Billy became a dismal failure as a baseball player, but not in life. Do you have a plan B if you don’t make it in hockey or your career is cut short?

    I saw that movie too.

    If I don’t make it in hockey I’ll go to university for sure and take business administration.

    I’m in grade 12 at Holy Cross High School in Kingston. I would say I’m an average student as far as marks go.

    4. Have you ever had a job? If so what was it?

    Yes I was a dishwasher at a golf course during the summer when I was 14. It was hard work.

    5. As a kid did you play hockey and swim and boat and fish on the East Holland River which runs through Holland Landing?

    I played shinny on that river. We brought our own nets out there.

    My dad built a rink in our backyard and I helped him. We played a lot of backyard hockey for five years.

    6. Do you still hang with your childhood friends? Do you have a best friend on the Frontenac’s?

    My next door neighbour in Holland Landing, Jeremy Coates is my best friend. He’s a year older than me and travelling around Europe right now.

    My best friend on the Frontenac’s is Roland McKeown. He’s from Listowel, Ontario. We played together for two years on the Toronto Marlboros minor midget team before coming to the Frontenac’s last year as rookies.

    7. Was there specific moment in time or incident that made you realize you could play in the NHL?

    Yes. That happened when I had a good rookie season with the Kingston Frontenacs and played for Canada on the under 18 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. We won the gold medal.

    8. Do you read books? Tell me about a book that you liked.

    I liked the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

    9. For the young women who will read this, can you tell me what you look for in the opposite sex? (This question made him blush and when I asked him he said it was ok if I told people.)

    I look for a great smile. I like someone who is funny and smart.

    I also have a girlfriend.

    10. I read that your father had an influence on your hockey. I help coach a team in the Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association with Jason Sands who played for the Frontenac’s for 4 years in the mid 1990s. To their credit, I see a lot of mothers in the dressing room helping their kids get dressed and tying their skates. Did your mother help with your hockey?

    For sure. She tied my skates too when I was young and my father couldn’t make it to the game.

    She played hockey with us on the backyard rink. I accidently hit her in the face once with my stick and gave her a black eye.

    I still speak to my parents after each game.

    11. Who is your NHL idol and favourite NHL team, and why?

    I like Steven Stamkos because of his goal scoring and stick handling.

    I’m a Leaf fan, probably because my father has always liked the Leafs.

    12. Take me through your day when you have a 7 pm Friday night home game in Kingston? How do you get around?

    I have a black pickup truck.

    After I eat breakfast I drive to school. I have two classes and then go for lunch at Subway with my friends at school and have a steak and cheese sub.

    I have one class after lunch. I go home at 1:30 and sleep for 1.5 hours. I have a shower when I get up and eat pasta at 3:30.

    I arrive at the rink at 4:50. Before the game I tape my sticks and play sewer ball with the boys to relax and get loose.

    13. Worry seems like is a big part of every day life now. People worry about the market, job security, harmful germs, getting cancer, climate change, the school bully and crazy people with guns. Do you get stressed or feel anxiety about anything in your life?

    I’m overwhelmed.

    Playing hockey and going to school is tough enough. But the media attention because of the central scouting mid-term rankings just made things crazy.

    I’m not complaining because overall I don’t have any big worries.

    14. Facebook turned ten years old yesterday. Your generation grew up using social media as a way of connecting with people. Do you tweet, and text and talk on your iphone all the time?

    Yes but not all the time.

    I have a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account.

    15. Tell me something you like about living in Kingston, Ontario?

    I like walking, and shopping and eating at the restaurants in downtown Kingston. I like to go to Wooden Heads for pizza.

    16. Where you named after anyone? What’s your nickname?

    No I wasn’t named after anyone.

    My nickname is Benny. I got it when I played for the Toronto Marlboros. I don’t remember who gave it to me, but it stuck.

    17. If I could only ask you one question this would be it. I was poor as a kid and it used to bother me when I was young. But eventually I realized that it was an advantage to be poor. It gave me an edge and helped make me successful. Do you have an edge or a certain attitude that helps you be such a fierce competitor, because that’s what I see when I watch you play? Do you have a fire inside you?

    I’ve always played aggressively even as a young kid. And I always liked to hit. My dad encouraged it. He told me to play like Doug Gilmour.

    18. Do Frontenac teammates who aren’t going to make the NHL talk about that with you?

    Funny you should ask that question. We were just talking about it. Some players joke about it mostly. They ask me if I’ll remember them if I make it to the NHL.

    19. Is there something you want to say to all the young hockey players out there who wish they were you?

    Never give up on your dream. No matter what people say or don’t say about your skills just keep working hard. That’s what I did. People never really noticed my as a hockey player when I was young.

    20. Do you feel like people treat you like a celebrity? Do you feel like you’re being watched by people or followed on social media?

    A bit, but it’s no big deal.

    I like it when kids come up to me on the street and say ‘Hi Sam’ and high five me. It’s very cool.

    21. What are your hobbies? Are you good at anything else besides hockey? How do you escape from hockey?

    There’s no escape.

    I like to water ski at our cottage on Haliburton Lake.

    22. Hockey seems like a glamorous life but it’s not all glamour. The odds of making the NHL are way beyond 1,000 to 1. If you make it the minor leagues are full of guys who want your job. Everyone want s piece of you like me here today. And your career ends early in life. Do you have a sense of hockey as a business?

    Yes. I have an agent. His name is Darren Ferris and he has 20 years of experience as an agent.

    23. Do you have a lot of baseball-type caps? Do you wear them backwards?

    I have a Toronto Blue Jay cap, a LA Dodger cap and a St Louis Cardinal cap.

    I wear the peak at the front, not backwards.

    24. If people read this and ask me, “What was he like?” I will have failed in this interview. I don’t want that to happen. So I saved the toughest question for the last. Can you please tell everyone what Sam Bennett is like?

    I’m easy going and I think I’m humble.

    I do the dishes every night at my billets house – Michelle and Chris Willard.

    I like to play pranks on my teammates, but not on game days. I’m serious on game days. Some teammates say I’m too serious.

    When the interview ended I asked Sam if he would provide a follow up interview in a few years even if he does not become a star in the NHL. He said yes and we shook on it.

    LW Oakley is a freelance writer living in Kingston. He is the author of a successful outdoors book Inside The Wild, which is available at the publisher’s website, http://www.gsph.com

    • Rick Stroppel

      WEIRD POST

      OK Mr. Oakley, here’s a few questions for you. How tall is Sam Bennett? How much does he weigh? How big is he liable to get when he stops growing, ie how big are his parents? Does he back check and play well in the defensive zone? Does he hit? Does he do what the coach tells him to do?

      I don’t care what kind of baseball caps he wears or what he looks for in a girl.

      BTW Mr. Oakley, do you work for the Kingston Frontenacs?

      • Rdubb

        If you want to know those things, find a scouting report on the kid. They are everywhere, and are filed by people who know the game. Accept that interview for what it is; a post on a fan site. I personally appreciate a glimpse into who the kid is, and the personality he brings with his play. Our next draft pick is massively important (i.e. Ekblad or a new 2C) and in many ways personality will factor in to decision just as much as talent on the ice. Especially when you’re talking about a top 3 talent. They all have great skill at that point and do a lot of things really well. This kid is going to have to fit in to a new locker room with a group of slightly older kids who already own the room. We want a great locker room culture, and this kid needs to mesh with that. Info like this is a brief snapshot into that realm.

        What does it say about a kid who has a girlfriend at his age, when he could be banging everything that moves in the high school.

        What does it mean that he feels overwhelmed?

        What does it say about him to have the beak forward as opposed to back (there’s typically a personality difference there)?

        I appreciate that interview.

  • Rdubb

    So, Kevin Lowe had a good month as an Oiler GM, and that’s about it.
    Lest you forget that the Oilers back-up goalies took the Oilers to game 7? Had it not been for that one give away in game one that cost us the game, I think we’d have been cup champions…
    After that glorious cup run, and Lowe’s good month or so of moves, what did he do? He OVERPAID darn near every UFA or RFA on that team!!! Pesani, he had a good playoffs, scored some big goals, but didn’t do too much in the regular season, so why give him that big deal? Horc, he was a good player, but again, another player Lowe OVERPAID by @ least $1.5-$2M. There were also other too, but these are the biggest names. Do I blame the player, hell no, I’d sign the deal to. It was unfair of the Oiler nation to get on Horc so often because of his salary, he just signed what was offered to him, should he have said “no kevin, I am not worth that much, you’re over paying me by $2M, that’s what i’ll sign for”….
    One must also remember deals that went to others, Edm went straight to a cap team, even after trading Pronger, why? Because of grossly over paid salaries that should never have ever been offered.
    One player deserved a raise and the contract he was later offered, and that was Rollie…

  • Rick Stroppel

    “The Oilers of 2005-06 were an outstanding club sans goaltending, so Lowe went out and addressed it.”

    While the team managed to make the finals, I’d hardly call the team outstanding. As far as I recall, we had to win our final game, then immediatley change the channel to the vancouver game and hope vancouver lost for us to squeak into the playoffs in 8th place.

    While the team manged to grind it out in the playoffs, this was a team that wasn’t even really suppossed to make the playoffs, let alone past the first round, according to most analysts at the time.

  • pkam

    I know this will be an unpopular post, but ive been really thinking about it a lot lately. Id love to take a chance on Rene Bourque from Montreal. I know they would easily part with him, he has struggled mightily there; however, he is strong, has the size and grit we crave, and i can really see him bouncing back. It would be a cheap risk vs reward that could really benefit this team. And one where we could probably get him for some of our throw aways anyways.

    If he is terrible, then so be it, but if he can find his stride here in Edm, then it is one of those trades that makes organizations much better. Plus, he is the type we can train to sit in front of the net and get the garbage goals that Smyth used to.

    • ubermiguel

      Definitely not a crazy idea. Local boy, good size, plays with some grit, 20 goals is a reasonable expectation. He’s exactly the type of supporting player we need on the 3rd line, maybe slotting in on the 2nd occasionally. Still, don’t like that $3.3 mill cap hit and two years left on his contract at his age. Depends what we give up I suppose.

      • pkam

        Call me crazy, but at 3.3 for 2 more, i’d call that a good contract with the cap going up (perhaps even a bargain) for a 3rd liner with size who scores 20. Provided that’s the results we got.

        I remember when pronger had a little over 5 mill on the cap hit and it seemed like a huge chunk of the cap and insane money. Today, that’s next to nothing. I think UFA’s this year will be grossly overpaid (more so than usual) and that long term, players start to shoot for more middling term contracts. Some of those crazy long term contracts will have players leaving some money on the table as the cap rises and look like a bargain later on.

        • pkam

          The question is whether Bourque can score 20 goals a season. He wasn’t able to the last 2 season and doesn’t look like he can this season. At age 32, I doubt he will ever be able to score 15 goals and 30 pts again.

  • pkam

    Prongs was obviously the big loss, especially since it was unexpected so it’s not like there was a post-Pronger plan in place until that summer.

    I’ve seen comparisons of the current Oilers with Pittsburgh and Chicago, asking what the rebuild timeline and the comparison usually starts when the company makes high picks. I wonder if we should compare timelines starting with when that team lost its franchise player. Losing a franchise player has a ripple effect on the entire organization.

  • pkam

    Souray asked for a trade after the Oilers signed him to an overpriced contract. Then while he was injured (which means the Oilers couldn’t even negotiate a trade discussion for him), he made public his request for a trade and bad mouth the team. And that is how he handled the Oilers.

    Obviously he didn’t want to play here and he didn’t like the management. Why would you want such a player in your locker room?

    When Oilers sent Souray to AHL, Tambo had to put Souray on waiver 1st, right? Did anyone claim him off the waiver? The management did give him a chance to play somewhere else. Too bad not even one GM was willing to pick up his 5.4M salary.