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Oil change: Edmonton trades Dubnyk to Preds for Hendricks

Jan 15, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers made a significant shift in goal on Wednesday, sending Devan Dubnyk to Nashville in exchange for veteran forward Matt Hendricks.

Dubnyk, the club’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has spent his entire five-year career in Edmonton, the last two as the club’s No. 1 netminder. He’s in the last of a two-year, $7 million deal and will be a UFA at season’s end.

Hendricks, part of Nashville’s big summer free agent spree, is in the first of a four-year, $7.4 million deal. The 32-year-old has two goals and four points in 44 games this year, but is regarded as an energy/checking guy that can win faceoffs, kill penalties, fight and score in the shootout (at least he did in Washington.)

Some ramifications of this deal:

— Are the Oilers setting things up for another move? Remember, GM Craig MacTavish moved Ladislav Smid just prior to acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov, so the precedent is there.

According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Oilers will retain half of Dubnyk’s salary.

— It’s now officially Ilya Bryzgalov’s net in Edmonton.

— What does the Dubnyk acquisition mean for the health of Preds No. 1 Pekka Rinne?

— Is Nashville in regret mode regarding all the money it dropped this summer? This was GM David Poile just seven months ago:

“We have never been this active in free agency and for sure (on) the first day, signing five players,” Poile said. “Free agency can be a whirlwind where people go a little bit crazy. I will let you judge that. We had a clear, definite plan going into this. We wanted to identify specific areas of need, and I think we signed players that fill specific roles for our hockey club.

“I think all the players that we signed today are going to make us better next year.”

  1. thailer35 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Vote of confidence for Bryz, eh?

    Who is Bryz’s back-up now? I know they shipped Barbs off to Chicago earlier in the year.

    • prd797 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Would think Richard Bachman (former Dallas/Texas Star) gets backup duty, as he’s been a farmhand in OKC.

      • thailer35 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Actually it might be Scrivens:

      • prd797 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Looks like it. Strange day for Edmonton to be sure.

        Guessing LA will be calling up Martin Jones any minute now…

  2. bucrightoff - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    This would be Edmonton commiting to getting Ekblad. Pathetic franchise to say the least/

  3. bcsteele - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Gotta admit, looking as someone who’s not a fan of either team but tries to follow everything going on, this deal looks pretty solid to me. I’ve never thought Dubnyk was a #1 goaltender, and should do great back up Rinne when he returns. May show some flashes of excellence even while Rinne is out and take some of the workload off when he does return. Edmonton gets an experienced guy who can bring energy, grit, and someone who’ll stand up for his teammates…and pot a few every now and then.

    I call it a spark for both sides and good deal all around.

  4. jernster21 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    So here I was a few days ago reading about how the Capitals have a log jam in net right? Then I’m like, hey, I bet Edmonton would be interested in Michal Neuvirth, but then I was like…well, they’d have to get rid of Dubnyk first, but the Capitals wouldn’t make a goalie for goalie trade. I’m seeing a trade between the Caps/Oilers involving perhaps some of these players: Neuvirth/Erat and Hemsky/Gagner.

    • jaybaileys - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Who in the world would want Erat? Dude is a never was has been.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        he’s scored at like a 2/3 point per game pace almost his entire career until he got to Washington. he’s not a top player by any means, but you’ve heard of the term “buy low,” right?

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      This makes a TON of sense from an on-ice perspective. The only thing that might give me pause if I’m MacTavish is bringing in a guy like Erat who isn’t the best leader around all that young talent.

      • jernster21 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Well, I was wrong even though I figured the trade of Dubnyk was to open up bringing someone else in…Edmonton just got Ben Scrivens from the Kings.

  5. jaybaileys - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Maybe Dubnyk isn’t the cat’s meow, but putting your faith in Bryz? I don’t know this seems like a bad idea. Why wouldn’t Edmonton have grabbed a D-man? Isn’t that the more pressing need for them?

  6. clayman61 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Good luck to him! He finally gets the chance to play for a better team..

  7. rushledger - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I like this deal, one because its a real trade not a speculation as we always read about but also because it helps both teams a little.

  8. lowenni - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    That’s all the Oilers got? As a Caps fan I love Hendricks, but I would’ve expected the Oilers could get more for a potential starting goalie and someone who has been that for a few years now (whatever his success may be). Hendricks is great, but he’s just a fourth line guy who’s also aging. Surprised the Oilers couldn’t get a pick or prospect out of this at the least. Plus, do they have any reliable options for a backup now, or are they looking to make a trade for one?

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      that was my first thought too, but hasn’t Dubnyk proven he’s not really a potential starting goalie? especially behind Rinne…

      • spezzdispenser - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        there’s a chance Dubnyk thrives under the defensive Preds system. Just a chance though.

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    MacT did promise big, bold moves…

  10. goodolejr - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    This could be a very good thing for Dubnyk. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn his season around.

  11. mlhegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Edmonton will have to make a play for a ral goal tender now. I only hope Mac T knows what a starter looks like. The minors OKC have nothing to offer and Bryz has proved too inconsistent Oh yea Kevin Lowe still has to go and his Kronies. (MacT)

    • jernster21 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      They just acquired Ben Scrivens from the LA Kings.

  12. jkaflagg - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    So much for it being “Bryzgalev’s net”…..Scrivens played for Eakins in Toronto Andes he’ll certainly get every opportunity to earn a contract for next year….

  13. tougie24 - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    This is one of the worst fleecings in NHL history. David Poile should be absolutely ashamed of himself for taking advantage of Edmonton like this. Dubnyk certainly isn’t an elite goalie, but as a former first rounder, how doesn’t Edmonton get more back than Matt Hendricks! And they retained half of his cap!

    HOW! How did this happen!

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