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The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that’s not going to slow down this spring. Here’s a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.


Craig MacTavish did a lot of work before training camp last spring and summer, bringing in David Perron, Andrew Ference Boyd Gordon and others. He also sent away 18 men:

  1. Shawn Horcoff: The captain left via trade, and signaled a new era in Edmonton. Horcoff’s new team made the playoffs.
  2. Magnus Paajarvi: Moved on to St. Louis and a his first playoffs.
  3. Ryan Whitney: His career may be over. 
  4. Lennart Petrell: Finn was fuun but he’s goone forever.
  5. Mark Fistric: Big man cost a fairly high pick but they didn’t sign him. Off to playoffs.
  6. Theo Peckham: Wandering the minors.
  7. Teemu Hartikainen: Traded to Toronto for Mark Fraser. 
  8. Eric Belanger: Retired. 
  9. Jarred Smithson: Played 18 NHL games this season. 
  10. Yann Danis: AHL depth for Philly.
  11. Darcy Hordichuk: Didn’t play this season. 
  12. Chris VandeVelde: 18 NHL games in Philly this year. 
  13. Nikolai Khabibulin: Ghastly in 4 games with Chicago this season. 
  14. Phil Cornet: Middling season in the AHL for Charlotte. 
  15. Colten Teubert: He’s now a Iserlohn Rooster! 
  16. Alex Plante: Played in Austria this season. 
  17. Antti Tyrvainen: Went back to Finland. 
  18. Niko Hovinen:Terrific season in the KHL. 


  1. Mike Brown: Gazdic ate his lunch.
  2. Ladislav Smid: One of the strangest moves of recent seasons. 
  3. Jason LaBarbera: He couldn’t stop a hockey puck.
  4. Linus Omark: One of the predictable moves of recent seasons.
  5. Devan Dubnyk: Belly flop off the high board. Hope he recovers.
  6. Corey Potter: One day up near Salinas, Lord, they let him slip away,
  7. Ales Hemsky: Huge uptick in production for 83 in Ottawa. 
  8. Nick Schultz: Deadline exit, everyone saw it coming. 
  9. Ilya Bryzgalov: In through the out door, quick as you please.
  10. Ryan Smyth: Sail on, Moose Jaw Warrior. Godspeed.


  1. Sam Gagner: It’s time to start again, for both sides. 
  2. Anton Belov: I like him, mobility a big concern.
  3. Ryan Jones: He mentioned it a few days ago, he’s down the line.
  4. Jesse Joensuu: Signed for another year, he didn’t do much.
  5. Ben Eager: Concussions impacted his Oiler career.
  6. Denis Grebeshkov: He didn’t get much of a chance, but he’s gone.
  7. Mark Fraser: Needed to show more.
  8. Anton Lander: You have to score. At least a little.



The NHL is the toughest league on the planet. Standing still? Chances are you’ll be snowed under. Craig MacTavish changed a lot in one year.

Next: What did he bring?

    • MacT did some good things. But the one bad thing he did was hiring Eakins. Ralph had the room last year and not to let him build on it is a step back, especially with a rookie, arrogant coach with no NHL experience.

      I see Eakins evolving during the season. Lets hope he continues learn how to handle things with the media and his players better.

    • Lowetide

      The oilers are terrible defensively ,have been for years,I have a hard time believing 5 different coaches don’t know how to teach defense.So either the core players can’t learn to play defensively or don’t want too.

    • mesa

      We will see if McTaviish has what it takes . If he can rid the oilers of Eberle and his selfish play and get something worthwhile in return ( a good 3 , 4 guy on the back end) then this tanker can start the long turn.

      • Johnnydapunk

        Get a grip on the “selfish play” accusation… Jesus man. He’s a kid, and stll finding his game. Guy’s got some of the best hands on the planet, and you want to cut him off at the knees? Just because he’s not a banger doesn’t mean he’s not worth keeping ir valuable. Don’t confuse selfish with creative.

      • Mike Modano's Dog

        Three players not the problem in Edmonton are Nuge, Hall, and Eberle. 30th in scoring in the league, and by all acounts having an off year, he can play for my team.