The Edmonton Oilers have traded Mathieu Garon to Pittsburgh for a package including forward Ryan Stone. Also included in the deal from Pittsburgh is G Dany Sabourin and a 4th round pick in 2011.
Stone is the player of interest in this deal. Drafted 32nd overall in the deep 2003 draft he was ranked as a possible first round pick that summer. He’s described as a tough two-way player and he does have some NHL experience (8 games, 0-1-1) including 1 game this season.
Where would he rank in terms of value? I’d say he’s about what JF Jacques would be worth healthy, a fairway wood from the Pouliot’s and Brodziak’s of the world. His toughness makes him a somewhat unique player for the Oilers and I wouldn’t rule out another roster move by the Oilers to make room for him right away.
He’s certainly a player of interest.
Sabourin could safely be described as “Deslauriers insurance.” A player Edmonton will no doubt have little problem getting through waivers, he does have a lot of NHL experience and should be considered a suitable backup. His SP this season (.898 in 19 games with the Pens) is comparable to Garon’s (.895 in 15 Oiler games) but the trade makes sense from the Penguins point of view if you believe he can play at a level similar to what he managed a season ago in Edmonton.
This is Steve Tambellini’s first trade as Oilers GM. Leaving aside the mystery surrounding Garon’s fall from grace this is a solid return. The draft pick is another bullet in the gun, nothing more.