Welcome back to this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday!
On this day in 2012, the Oilers made one trade on the NHL’s Trade Deadline day flipping defenceman Tom Gilbert to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenceman Nick Schultz.
The trade was straight across the deal and saw Gilbert, who was acquired by the Oilers from the Colorado Avalanche in 2004 in exchange for G Tommy Salo and a 2005 sixth-round pick, heading back to his home state.
Gilbert had been a pretty solid defenceman once he came to the NHL in 2006-07. He ended up scoring 158 points in 384 games with Edmonton and even broke the Oilers goal scoring record by a rookie defenceman potting 13 tallies. He never found that goal scoring acumen again, but in his sophomore year he put up 45 points in 82 games.
Gilbert bounced around the NHL after the deal never spending more than two seasons with any other respective club. Since 2017-18, Gilbert, now 37, has played for the Nurnberg Ice Tigers in the DEL where he’s scored 43 points in 119 games.
“I can actually see my parents smiling right now,” Gilbert, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, told the Edmonton Journal’s Joanne Ireland after the trade. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m sure once I get on that plane and realize that my time here is done, it will. The biggest thing is leaving a great group of guys and knowing the team is moving forward.”
Schultz, meanwhile, only stuck around in Edmonton for parts of three seasons scoring 17 points in 128. Schultz was known as more of a stay-at-home defenceman, anyways. Edmonton ended up flipping Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets in March 2014 for a 5th round pick that Edmonton would later trade back to Columbus for Nikita Nikitin.
“Sometimes you name a Goat at the start of the NHL season. Sometimes that Goat gets traded. Sometimes you are happy. On what has been a pretty unevenful Trade Deadline day so far, the Oilers traded ‘Edmonton’s Fanciest Shoe Wearer 2006-2012’ to the Minnesota Wild for Defenceman Nick Schultz.”
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