The trade deadline came and went in Oil Country; at the end of the day surely Oiler fans were expecting more movement – even though Steve Tambellini made the biggest splash on Monday. The Oilers organization dealt Shawn Belle to Colorado for Kevin Montgomery in a minor deal earlier in the day but I believe Tambo was still in bed while Oklahoma City Barons GM Bill Scott made that call.
A tweet from Nick Kypreos confirmed that my prediction had come true with Dustin Penner heading to Montreal in exchange for Jared Tinordi plus a first rounder, this made me excited – it even got a fist pump out of me. But as soon as the fist pumped, it was over – it was in fact a hoax.
Soon after Dustin Penner’s stay in Edmonton came to a close – traded to Los Angeles for Colten Teubert plus a first rounder in 2011, and a conditional pick 2012 (2nd or 3rd). The best part of this deal is that Magnus Paajarvi will get additional minutes immediately moving forward and of course collecting the Kings almighty first round pick.
Colten Teubert is an interesting defender. He was drafted for the intentions of being a top 2 blueliner, and then his expectations were demoted to a top 4 defender. I think that’s more of a fair assessment, I’ve heard comparisons of Colten being a rich man’s younger version of Jim Vandermeer – I’m all for that as long as he doesn’t demand ridiculous dollars in the future.
For Magnus Paajarvi the time is now – he’s been given the keys to a top six forward role. Penner’s exodus means an ample amount of minutes opening up at left wing, with Magnus ready to eat them up. Magnus was averaging 14:32 minutes per game through 61 games this season, while Dustin Penner averaged 18:27 minutes per game. Look for MPS’ minutes and production to rise with 19 games to go. 15 points in the remaining 19 games is something Magnus could achieve.
Once again, much like last season this season’s story at the deadline may come down to what the Oilers didn’t do rather what they did to. They kept Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid & Jim Vandermeer who were all widely advertised as trade bait throughout the league. The management stuck to their guns and set their prices high – I’m glad they didn’t budge nor compromise. The Oilers proved they were in the driver’s seat all day long and weren’t pressured into making a deal.
Ales Hemsky is safe for now, but I believe his value may be as high or even higher at the draft. The Boston Bruins will be in dire need of a left wingers come next season, with Michael Ryder & Mark Recchi not expected to return to the Bruins fold next season – Ales would fit the bill in Boston.
I propose the Oilers take a serious look at B’s goalie Tuuka Rask. With the Bruins committed to Tim Thomas till at least 2012/13 and Boston acquiring Anton Khudobin from the Wild today makes me think that Peter Chiarelli may be looking to move Rask this summer for help outside the crease. Straight up: Ales Hemsky for Tuuka Rask. This would finally give the Oilers the goalie of the present & future.