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Oilers get Scrivens from L.A.

Jan 15, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. Only moments after the Oilers announced they’d traded goalie Devan Dubnyk to Nashville, it’s being widely reported (since confirmed) that Edmonton has acquired goalie Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles for a third-round draft pick.

The Oilers will be Scrivens’ third NHL team in the last year. The 27-year-old was traded from Toronto to L.A. in the summer as part of the Jonathan Bernier deal.

Scrivens played well in his short stint with the Kings, going 7-5-4 with a .931 save percentage. But the similarly solid play of Martin Jones, plus the return of starter Jonathan Quick from injury, apparently made Scrivens expendable.

In Edmonton, Scrivens will be reunited with his former AHL (Toronto Marlies) coach, Dallas Eakins.

Like Dubnyk, Scrivens is a pending unrestricted free agent. (Ditto for the Oilers’ other goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.)

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM


    I guess we’ll be seeing Martin Jones again pretty soon.

    Thanks, Ben! It was a joy watching you play! Good luck in Edmonton!!

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Anyone see Scrivens photo-bomb (arena-cam bomb) an interview with Jarret Stoll about a week ago? If not:


  2. dhawks19 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Good move Edmonton

  3. c9castine - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    good move for the oilers id say. dubnyk is never gonna hack it as a starter. scrivens at least has some strong potential.

  4. namriverrat69 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Now if Edmonton only had someone like Terry Murray to coach and nurture all that young talent before it goes to waste. Thanks for all your help while Quick was out Ben. You had an opportunityi to show what you can do and it has paid off handsomely. You did it..

    Good luck to you in the future – unless you are playing the Kings of hocke

  5. clayman61 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Good luck to Ben, he deserves it!

  6. bucrightoff - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Scrivens is going from being on one of the best defensive teams in the NHL to being on the undeniably worst defensive team in the NHL. If he were smart he’d be trying to sign a long term deal right now because his numbers are about to take a nosedive.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I’m with you there. I don’t think he’s that great anyway. As you said, the Kings have good defense and the Marlies team he got his Calder Cup-finalist big break on had really good defense for an AHL team as well. It’s funny he ends up playing behind Bryz… a guy who’s noted among us Flyers fans as somebody who’s wallet benefited greatly from playing behind a really good defense, only to play horribly behind a horrible one the very next year.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        whose* I think.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        you were right the first time: who’s

        a guy who’s (who is) noted among us Flyers fans …

        the second time, yes, it s/b *whose*

        benefits (or, some would say, drawbacks) of a Catholic education

      • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        lol sh**. I didn’t even realize I said that twice. was talking about “whose wallet.” thanks pat

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Good move by the Oilers. They got a pretty good goalie that not only can help them now but also in the future. What I would do is try to get as many draft picks as possible and then draft strictly defensemen. If they can do that then they will take off.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      lol, Oilers improving via the draft. good one.

  8. jpelle82 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    not a bad deal for either party. nice flip by la, theyve turned that bernier deal into high 2nd and 3rd round picks and dont miss a beat because of jones.

  9. alliceishome - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Good luck to Scriv, he’ll need it, but this is probably the best chance he’s had to make a claim at becoming a starter. He had a couple great stretches with the Leafs, and a very good run with the Kings, so the next time Bryz nosedives he might get a shot at carrying the load.

  10. jhaegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I wonder if blomfeld still has a man crush on Scrivens…

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Gosh, no. He referred to him as ‘Judas’ in one of his Top Ten Goaltenders lists a couple of weeks ago. I think he ranked Scrivens like 97 maybe. Not sure why blom fell out of love w/Scrivens. Well, at least he listed his name before Martha Stewarts’; so, I guess there’s still a little love there.

      • jhaegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Yeah that is weird. I assumed he had a hard on for anyone that wore a Kings jersey. He does, after all, praise Dustin Brown all the time.

      • jhaegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Perhaps it was the embarrassing loss to the Blues…

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Top Goaltenders in the World
      1. Jonathan Quick
      2. Martin Jones
      3.Jean-Francois Berube

      29) Henrik Lundqvist
      30) Roberto Luongo
      31) Ben Scrivens

  11. charlieconway96 - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Look out Bryzy.

  12. joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    The Oilers must be reading my comments; Emphasis on building from behind (goale, d) and center. Enter Hendricks and Scrivens. Hiller and Niskanen will be RFAs next summer.

    joey4id – Jan 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM
    They have an excellent foundation to build on. They do need some key elements. You build championship teams down the middle, and starting from behind. Top notch goal-tending, d-men, and at center.”

    • jhaegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure they browse PHT, looking for ideas. Not to mention, “ideas” that are apparent to ANYONE that has seen the Oilers play this year. Thank you Captain Obvious…

      • joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        FU! Can’t be light light headed about it! SU!

      • jhaegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Yup, that made sense…

  13. jkaflagg - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Kings fans can thank Scrivens for settling things down right after the Quick injury, and I’m glad he’ll be getting good shot with a young but talented team in Edmonton…..Thought Lombardi would hold on to Scrivens through the season as insurance against another Quick injury, but a high third round pick for a free-agent-to-be is pretty good value…..

  14. djshnooks - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM


    “Emphasis on building a team with center, defense and goalie?”

    What a brilliant idea! Lol, Smdh.

  15. mlhegs - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Great so now Eakins (who recently referred to Edmonton fans as “their fans”) is bringing in his Junior crew from the “Marlies” and the beat goes on. Kevin Lowe has got to go.

  16. namriverrat69 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    I like you Ben and thanks for all your hard work in LA while Quick was out. I feel bad you have to play behind Edmonton’s defense. As you have found out by now, it is a far cry from the defense of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Good luck though and GO KINGS GO!!

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