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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  • jonnyquixote

    ottawa resident and fan of both sens and oilers.

    eric gryba will be nice addition for oilers. upgrade over keith aulie and maybe even nikitin and ference.

    battles hard, physical, but gets stuck in own zone for a while if hes not playing with a fast puck mover. would have been nice fit wit marincin.

    for those who wanted adam mcquaid, eric gryba is nice cheaper upgrade than mcquaid.

    reinhart was a genius move by pete, i didnt even see it coming.

    would have preferred a more proven goalie than talbot though.

    in last two days, pete chiarelli did more than mactavish than last two years even if u dont count mcdavid pick.

    btw, chiarelli is my friends uncle!

  • CapeBretonOilers


    Man, give it up. Boston wouldn’t deal with us unless we drastically overpaid. How many times does it need to be said that we didn’t get outbid by Calgary? Some deals just can’t be made.

  • Ndustry

    Klefbom – Schultz
    Nurse – Reinhart
    Fayne – umm well I guess Nikitin more likely his replacement
    Ference – Gryba

    I think we have some depth on D now and 5 potentially 6 (niktins replacement) top 4. But more over we have room to pursue a top4 or better top 4. I doubt this is the end of the efforts to upgrade D but it puts us in a good position and looks promising, plus if anyone fails we have room to fix or replace them.

    I heard Chiarelli saying he expects Reinhart to play next year so that gives Nurse some time if he needs it too.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • pkam

    I have said yesterday after the Reinhart trade that the days Marincin as an Oilers are over.

    I don’t understand why fans here would want Marcincin over Schultz. Both are soft but one is supposed to be a LH shutdown defenseman and the other is projected to be a RH offensive defenseman and PP specialist.

    I can take a soft offensive defenseman but not a soft shutdown defenseman, not to mention we have lots of LH defenseman and not enough RH defenseman. So if I have to choose one from them, it will Shcultz over Marincin any day.

    • bleedingoil

      Either you are foolishly serious or you are seriously foolish……or maybe just a troll. Barzal? You wanted Barzal? Where would he play? He would be behind RNH / McDavid / Draisaitl / Lander / Gordon. Not to mention he is shorter and lighter than the whole lot. The Oilers have enough bodies up front for the foreseeable future. The focus now is on D. The only body available within reason was Chabot. Instead PC took a former 4th overall pick with draft +2 years seasoning in the WHL and 1 in the AHL. He is a former MEMCUP champ that knows how to win. With Aulie not being resigned, Reinhart just turned into our biggest Dman. So instead of selecting another smallish forward with skill that we will bury in the AHL because there is no room in the big house, we got a big, mean player familiar with the city that already has 3+ developmenmt years under his belt. Now about the Marincin thing. Gryba is bigger (22 lbs) and meaner and has out up a few more points. In both of these deals, PC knows what he is getting and has bodies that will have an impact today, not in a few years. PC is done seeing the Oilers develop. The time is now. ELCs will start expiring on our talent and the clock is ticking on Lord Stanley.

    • Zarny

      Yeah the 4th overall with a year of pro experience and looks ready for the NHL will be the bust over the kid who slid from 9th to 16th.

      Mathew Barzal is far more likely to be a “bust” than Griffin Reinhart.

      So many seem to forget that as excited as some were for a prospect like Barzal, those same people were a lot more excited about Griffin Reinhart 3 years ago lol.

  • 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.

  • Cain

    The Oilers desperately needed a top pairing denfenceman, preferably two, before this draft.

    The draft is over and the Oilers still need a top pairing defenceman, preferably two.

    • bradleypi

      Wow oilersnation wants every defenceman in the league or what? By my count the oil have potentially 7 or 8 nhl dmen on the roster. As I think Reinhart is ready and nurse is darn close. Why would the oilers want a dman that a playoff team is just letting walk for nothing? Unless PC has a trade up his sleeve I don’t think there’s any more dmen coming. I highly doubt he paid such a high price for Reinhart just so he can play in Bakersfield.


    We just went from the bottom of the American Hockey league for skill to the upper end of the AHL. Which one of these bums are gonna give the puck to our skilled players?

  • CMG30

    Well, MacT’s dream defense is shaping up: big and mean but question marks in the other aspects of their game. We’ve watched this show a few times before and it’s never ended well.

    Still, having these guys on the back end would be OK if there was a legit top pair ahead of them doing the heavy lifting. Until we acquire such players, the defense will continue to stink because everyone is playing over their heads.

    I’m also not convinced that we should be penciling in players like Reinhart and Nurse to crack the lineup next season. I’m not suggesting they’re bad players, far from it, but players are ready when they’re ready and rushing them almost always leads to disaster. From what I understand, Reinhart’s last season in the AHL did not go well. We spent the draft picks on him, and he IS still a blue chip prospect, but the key word there is PROSPECT. Lets make sure he has the best chance to become the player everyone hopes he can be. If that means the AHL, then don’t try to force him into the NHL.

  • Naterator

    I’ll be the 1st to admit i’m a little underwhelmed so far. But i’m certain we are waiting for 1-2 more moves from Chiarelli on D. So I will withold judgement for another month. IF they somehow land Sekera and buyout Nikitin…things would not look too bad in that case.

    Fayne-Sekera- Take on heavy D-zone Toughs

    Klefbom-Schultz- Get the offensive zone push



    Not perfect but vast improvement from last year.

  • Chris.

    Yes, just like petry couldnt “battle hard enough” on the OIlers, and now he is the #2dman on stanley cup playoff team.

    “Battle hard enough” should be stricken from hockey for life. Add “grit” and “intensity” to that heap.

    • OtOil

      Are you talking Petry, vs Petry on you xbox!?

      Seems to me Petry didn’t “battle hard enough” for his bosses, so they traded him.

      He’s doing better at his new job now.

  • Chris.

    I was pretty down on Chiarelli’s work after day 1 of the draft. (I had assumed that the 33 pick would be needed to land one of Lack or Talbot)

    Based on the events of today I am back peddling hard and will try my best to reserve judgement until I see the full lineup of players Chiarelli gives to Todd to start camp.

    PS. More work needs to be done IMO.

  • CMG30

    It’s become clear with these trades that MacTavish has Chiarelli’s ear and is providing significant input.

    That should be a terrifying thought for Oiler fans.

  • 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!

  • Borbs

    I have to say I’m impressed with the job Chiarelli did this weekend! Who could complain about it? Reinhart is a 3rd overall pick with 3(!) years of seasoning, Gryba is a big, solid bridge D, and the deal he made for Talbot was incredible. He sweated Sather hard on that one. When a GM has offers of 2 2nd rd picks, and then a 1st rd pick, and then refuses both? And Chia gets him for less later? Absolute classic! Even if the D is slightly upgraded, it’s a huge improvement over last year. A couple of guys that will make it harder in the Oilers zone are just fine with me! Gonna be a long summer now dammit!!

  • Oil diehard

    Good couple of days for the Oilers. It’s not always how good a player is, it is how will the team play together. This means maybe one of these new players might find some chemistry and be a nice surprise. I for one am looking forward to a much better season. Go oil go.

  • Oil diehard

    Given PC’s comments about liking players “heavy on the puck” moving MM is hardly surprising. There’s lots to like about MM’s game but his lack of physicality is just what he is.

  • Lowe But Now High Expectations

    Wow Sure are a lot of panties getting in a twist. I like what PC did. And this is only part one, the next chapter comes starting july 1.

    • Alsker

      Actually starts before that. Prior to Canada Day Chia has to either qualify Schultz(3.75M), go to team elected arbitration, or offer him what they think he’s worth. If he doesn’t like it he’s a free agent.