With the 2011 NHL trade deadline come and gone (and it was one of quietest in recent memory), the extensive analysis can begin. There weren’t many big name players moved, perhaps with the exception of Jason Arnott going to Washington, but the lack of action was expected considering the amount of significant trades that have happened in the past month. In the case of the Edmonton Oilers, they only made two transactions, the first being a minor league deal that saw Shawn Belle move to Colorado in exchange for defenseman Kevin Montgomery. But their other move, deemed as the biggest of the day, saw winger Dustin Penner go to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defensive prospect Colten Teubert and a first round draft pick. Depending on how far the Kings go in the playoffs, the Oilers can also receive a conditional 2nd round pick in 2012. Penner was surprised at the deal, as he was finally finding his place in Edmonton, and was looking forward to being a part of the rebuild. Obviously the Oilers felt now is the time to trade some assets to help build for the future. Penner had this to say regarding his trade:
“I came here with a big contract,” Penner said in Edmonton after the deal was completed. “That also comes with big expectations and if I tried to meet everyone’s expectations I would drive myself insane. “So I focused on becoming more consistent, and a player who could play every position. I think I’m on my way to that. I’m not there yet and it’s too bad I won’t be able to do it here.” Winnepeg Free Press
This trade should be a benefit to both teams, as the Kings gain a Stanley Cup winning forward to help boost their offense as they make a push for the playoffs, and the Oilers get a solid prospect and a draft pick. Here’s a full breakdown of the trade.
What the Oilers got:
The Los Angeles Kings are currently in 11th place overall in the NHL, but in a jam packed Western Conference, they can easily move up or slide down as the season progresses. Therefore there’s a good chance the Oilers will be selecting somewhere between the 15th-25th spot in the draft, and that’s in addition to their own high pick. (The Oilers are in last place overall). Considering the Oilers are in rebuild mode, and have no chance at the postseason, they want to fill the cupboards with as many picks and prospects as possible. In Colten Teubert, the Oilers get a former first round pick (13th overall in 2008). The 6 foot 4 defenseman was a teammate of Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle when they played together for the Regina Pats in the WHL. Although there’s no telling what kind of player Teubert will be at the NHL level, the Oilers gain something in their prospect pool that they are desperately lacking in, and that’s defensemen.
What the Kings got:
At 6 foot 4, 245 pounds, left winger Dustin Penner should be more of a physical force than he is, which prompts some to criticize his game, but he can put the puck in the net, and his big body presence will help fill a void up front for the Kings. He’s signed through next season, which means he won’t be simply a rental player for this season. He’s 28 years old and has a Stanley Cup ring, which he won with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Penner seemed to finally be finding his game in Edmonton, and hopefully it will continue to develop in L.A, a place where he won’t be the focal point of the team, and he won’t be dealing with the media pressure he faced in Edmonton. He’s got 21 goals and 39 points, and that’s while playing on a fairly weak team in the Oilers. The Kings are looking to get into the playoffs, and are hopeful that Penner will be the guy to help push them over the edge. They were rumored to be going after fellow Oiler Ales Hemsky, but Edmonton wanted prospect Brayden Schenn in return, something the Kings refused to give up.