Oilers trade Martin Marincin, then acquire Eric Gryba


When the Oilers acquired Griffin Reinhart yesterday, I felt it meant the end of Martin Marincin in Edmonton and today the Oilers traded him to Toronto for pesky forward Brad Ross and the 107th pick.

Admittedly, I wasn’t as high on Marincin as some others. 

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If Darnell Nurse shows he is
ready to play in the NHL, I didn’t see how the Oilers could start the
season with Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz, Nurse, Reinhart and Marincin
in the lineup. You can’t have that much youth on the backend if you want
to win.

Speaking with scouts at the draft, Marincin’s value around the
league was much lower than it was amongst some in Edmonton. Pretty much
every scout echoed my thoughts on him. He has NHL skill and smarts, but has
shown a lack of competitive desire in games. Three scouts who watched
AHL playoffs were disappointed he didn’t dominate at the AHL level. They all
said teams would still take a chance on him, because of his skill, but
his trade value is low.

Ross has signed in Germany. He was suspended in the AHL last season for steroids, and this was really just part one of a two-part trade that freed up a contract on the 50-man roster.


The Oilers then traded Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick to Ottawa for Eric Gryba.

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We could argue it was Marincin and Ewanyk for Gryba and Ross. Gryba is a 27 years old, a right shot D-man with one year left on his contact, a $1.25 million cap hit.

He is 6’4″ and 225 pounds. He is a stay-at-home defender with little offensive flair. In 165 games he has 4-25-29, and +17 in his career. He is more physical than Marincin. He is a third pairing defender who can kill penalties.

You would slot him behind Mark Fayne and Justin Schultz on the right side depth chart. 

Gryba for Marincin gives the Oilers a more reliable NHL player. It is not a sexy trade, nor does it fill the void in the top-four, but I don’t mind the deal.

Again I will admit much of that is based on Marincin’s inability to show he was willing to battle hard enough at the NHL level. A new opportunity in Toronto could benefit him, but with Reinhart, Nurse and Klefbom on the left side the Oilers clearly felt he was expendable.

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  • fran huckzky

    Gryba may be only a third pairing dman but he adds a nasty streak that has been sadly lacking on the Oil.He will make all his linemates play 10 lbs heavier

  • jonnyquixote

    Patience people. PC has done quite well over the past 2 days. I expect he will also acquit himself very well during free agency.

    It is easy to see that PC is a wiser and more experienced GM than MacT. Looking as if we may actually have improved over the off season.

    We will have to in order to compete in any way with the Flames. They have had an incredible past couple of days with both trades and drafting.

    • Oilfaninvan

      The way i see it.

      CMD=No Brainer

      Reinhart= I’m not upset that Chia couldnt get Hamilton here. Because a)Its clear Chia offered more then Calgary did. and b) Neely/Sweeney were determined to fleece Chia or screw him by trading Hamilton to the main rival. Reinhart is not as good as Hamilton. And i wont profess to be an expert on his eventual level. I would of been more comfortable with this if Barzal hadnt been sitting there. But ill try to remain optomistic here.

      Talbot= Huge win for Chiarelli. This is a solid bet for a good price. love it.

      Gryba= The only good thing about this deal is I wont have to defend this quality player on here anymore. MacT never liked him and it showed every step of his development. In my mind we traded a 2nd pair D for a 3rd pair D. But a massive group of this fanbase only appreciates this type along with MacT so it was inevitable. poor trade however.

      Overall we come away with CMD, Reinhart, Talbot, Gryba… So cant argue team has improved. But there was a lot of value left when Chia went all in on Reinhart. His continued development will amke or break this massive opportunity to build depth. I’ll leave it to the experts as to wether this was a good bet or atypical Oiler Nepotism.

  • YFC Prez

    Marincin is softer than Schultz. Not too sure why everyone was so high on him. I doubt he would even see 1 game with the players ahead of him on the roster.

    Back end just got a whole lot meaner. Gryba’s give a sh!t factor is so much higher than MMs.

    • match16

      If this guy is so great, how come he was way down the depth line with a team that has terrible defense , he is also 27, . You can sign those guys during free agency for the minimum and send them to,the farm. Instead the Oilers gave away yet another 2 round player , and you wonder why this team has no other players playing for them except super high draft picks.

  • Ndustry

    I totally disagree with Marincin is better than Gryba for this team. All I know if I was McDavid, or Eberle, or even Hall and had to play against some of the big guy NHLers I would not care if Marincin had better Corsi#’s I would want someone like Gryba or even Reinhart to watch my back for me!

  • O.C.

    Huge props to NHL Network on their Day 2 Draft coverage, streamed online. Almost made me miss McKenzie.

    Oil need a #1 RD, but now have those big bodies in front to move the Getzlafs of the world out of the way.

    Draft was actually a trade fest to get the team set for now. Team is better by lots, even without McDavid. Overpays? Yes. Paying more is better than not getting a need filled.

    Needs have to be filled. Wants are nice to fill.

  • jonnyquixote

    I like the trend on defense, starting with Nurse they all have one thing in common. Mean streak! They will help Justin also, he will get easier minutes, Justin does have offensive talent!

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    Gryba will replace McQuaid, who re-signed in Boston. similar player and i’m perfectly fine with Marincin being traded. Gryba’s size and toughness is what we need on the back end and he already has about 2 and 1/2 years in the AHL and 3 years NHL experience.

    • Kevwan

      Klefbom, Schultz, Nikitin, and Marincin in 224 GP combined for 124 total hits.

      Gryba in 75 GP had 171 hits.

      I liked Marincin as a prospect and a player but he was too much like the rest of the D on the Oilers. Gryba makes them tougher to play against and they needed to be.

      Good trade PC.