OILERS TRADE DUBNYK, ACQUIRE HENDRICKS

The Edmonton Oilers traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to Nashville this afternoon, in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks. The deal went down just after noon (or was announced at that time) and gives the Oilers more size up front, and a player who has had some success in the faceoff circle. It isn’t completely clear where they’ll play Hendricks, but 4th line C would seem to be the obvious spot on the roster.

ABOUT HENDRICKS

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This is a pretty good player for the role he’ll play on the Oilers (tough customer who hits people, can play the game and pitch in a few goals here and there over the season). The issues for Edmonton are:

  • length of contract (it’s three more years after this one at $1.85M a season)
  • amount of cap hit ($1.85M is dear for a 4th line player, even with the new cap)
  • he is not being used for faceoffs in Nashville
  • there is no place for Anton Lander on next year’s roster

The positives are:

  • this player will probably center Luke Gazdic/Ryan Jones/Ryan Smyth on a fairly veteran 4th line
  • he was used in a penalty killing role in Washington and in Nashville
  • he did take faceoffs (successfully) in Washington
  • the Oilers were not tied to Anton Lander for next year’s roster

A good description of Hendricks is here, he has been mentioned on this blog here.

ABOUT DEVAN

I’ll do a sail on later, but for now I sincerely wish the big man all the best in his new town. On the human side, I can relate to no sleep with newborns, and can understand new equipment restrictions and stick-shortening being forced upon might create some issues. On the hockey side, his Oiler career blew up in a two-week period at the beginning of the season, and since then this day has been coming.

ASSESSING THE TRADE

Hendricks is a player we’ve discussed before, he brings clarity to the roster (Lander is probably gone, either back to Europe or to another team) and adds a physical element many felt the team needed, but he does not add that element on the skill lines.

hendricks player pageThat’s Hendricks player card from Extra Skater, and would fit in with Mike Brown or Luke Gazdic’s. The fact that he can play center and penalty kill gives him extra value, should the Oilers choose to use him at center.

Dubnyk went off the rails this fall. Stuff happens in life, it just does. I can’t explain it, and would sound ridiculous trying. MacTavish sent Devan Dubnyk to heaven for goalies in Nashville. If the Preds’ goalie whisperers can fix him, well they’ve made an outstanding trade. If not, they have all kinds of options available in their system and an injured goalie coming back sometime (we assume).

They did offload a contract very much like Ladislav Smid’s: too rich for the role assigned, but a team willing to take on the dollars and term.

Matt Hendricks is the first added piece for 2014-15 since the Christmas break, and he brings clarity to situations for both Devan Dubnyk and Anton Lander. Next year’s team becomes a little clearer.

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31 Responses to "OILERS TRADE DUBNYK, ACQUIRE HENDRICKS"

  1. Kitchener says:

    The more MacT can clean house now, the more next year’s team gets to know each other now instead of within next season’s 82 games.

  2. Jon K says:

    Not much of a return. If Dubnyk returns to his previous form this trade will be very, very bad for MacT.

  3. DBO says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 39s
    Sounds like Ben Scrivens has been traded from LA to EDM, 3rd round pick headed back to LA.

  4. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Lowetide,

    How do you marry “no place for Lander in the organization” with support of not rushing prospects and following the Detroit model?

    Shouldn’t we expect Lander to happily wait in the minors until he’s 25 if/when we ask him to before we make a final decision on him? Seems like “good teams” would expect a guy Lander’s age to do exactly that; give him cups of coffee but give him nothing permanent until he does something special with one of his trial runs…. which he has not done (and I’m a fan of the guy).

    I like Lander. I want him pencilled into an AHL job for the next two years with callups. If he isn’t willing to do that we should trade him.

  5. Derek says:

    Allegedly Scrivens is an Oiler

    Career numbers: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=94416

  6. Doug McLachlan says:

    Jon, DD has a future but was clearly not going to be in Edmonton. We get a piece we can use for a price we can handle. If Hendricks was available we would have bid on him. Fourth line player for UFA. Nothing more.

  7. thejonrmcleod says:

    Maybe we should look at the two trades as one whole:

    Dubnyk & 3rd round pick for Scrivens & Hendricks

  8. russ99 says:

    Derek,

    Jeez. Are we trying to rebuild the 2011-12 Marlies?

  9. Derek says:

    Scrivens is a UFA in 40 games. Oh dear.

  10. elgruntus says:

    I hope old “Bold Moves” blows this whole thing up. Really don’t care where he starts.

  11. Caramel Obvious says:

    thejonrmcleod:
    Maybe we should look at the two trades as one whole:

    Dubnyk & 3rd round pick for Scrivens & Hendricks

    If the Scrivens deal is real I’m not sure how we can be unhappy with this. This is a better team today than yesterday.

    As for Hendricks adding veteran players is never a bad thing. If I was running the team no one currently in the minors or in junior would be on the team next year. Not Nurse, not #1 pick, not Klefbom, not Lander, not Horak none of them. I don’t care if they are as good as random vet guy. If you have random vet guy you get two for the price of one. That’s the only way to build depth and this team needs depth more than anything else.

  12. Caramel Obvious says:

    As to Scrivens, he’s clearly better than Dubnyk. They are basically the same age. Here are their numbers:

    Scrivens: AHL .923 NHL .917
    Dubnyk: AHL .917 NHL .910

    Bringing in Scrivens now gives you a chance to see what you have and a leg up on signing him for next year. Those are good things.

    A third round pick is almost nothing.

  13. Yeti says:

    Caramel Obvious: If the Scrivens deal is real I’m not sure how we can be unhappy with this. This is a better team today than yesterday.

    They must have confidence in signing him longterm, then. Because if he just walks at the end of the season they wasted a third round pick that could have been spent on drafting the next Cameron Abney.

  14. Wolfpack says:

    Yeti: They must have confidence in signing him longterm, then. Because if he just walks at the end of the season they wasted a third round pick that could have been spent on drafting the next Cameron Abney.

    Awesome.

  15. goldenchild says:

    Like the Scrivens deal, thats a good bet and one that could be really good if they get him signed which i think with the Eakins connection + opportunity to be #1 + local angle seems likely.
    The Hendricks deal I just see no possibility that they dont regret it very soon.
    All in all the Scrivens deal makes me less angry.

  16. Derek says:

    Caramel Obvious:
    As to Scrivens, he’s clearly better than Dubnyk.They are basically the same age.Here are their numbers:

    Scrivens: AHL .923NHL .917
    Dubnyk:AHL .917NHL .910

    Bringing in Scrivens now gives you a chance to see what you have and a leg up on signing him for next year.Those are good things.

    A third round pick is almost nothing.

    Scrivens has played 51 games at the NHL level, 19 of those being with the LA Kings. Scrivens is basically Dubynk prior to this season with less experience, and a UFA at seasons end.

  17. Lois Lowe says:

    I wonder how much of the Hendricks deal was telegraphed when Eakins mused about JFJing Gadzooks in the top 6? I am not sure the plan is for Hendricks to be 4C so much as it for him to replace Joensuu.

  18. Melman says:

    Ca$h-Money!:
    Lowetide,

    How do you marry “no place for Lander in the organization” with support of not rushing prospects and following the Detroit model?

    Shouldn’t we expect Lander to happily wait in the minors until he’s 25 if/when we ask him to before we make a final decision on him?Seems like “good teams” would expect a guy Lander’s age to do exactly that; give him cups of coffee but give him nothing permanent until he does something special with one of his trial runs…. which he has not done (and I’m a fan of the guy).

    I like Lander.I want him pencilled into an AHL job for the next two years with callups.If he isn’t willing to do that we should trade him.

    Yes to this.

  19. Caramel Obvious says:

    Derek: Scrivens has played 51 games at the NHL level, 19 of those being with the LAKings.Scrivens is basically Dubynk prior to this season with less experience, and a UFA at seasons end.

    That completely misrepresents the numbers. If you care about the numbers Scrivens is much better. And Dubnyk is also an UFA.

  20. Ribs says:

    This is a pretty good player for the role he’ll play on the Oilers (tough customer who hits people, can play the game and pitch in a few goals here and there over the season). The issues for Edmonton are:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_NsZKnqr3c

    lol

  21. fifthcartel says:

    Dubnyk deal bad
    Scrivens deal good. (if they sign him)

  22. rickithebear says:

    Looking at last few years:

    Hendricks:
    C/W 6’0″ 211lb
    54.5% FO – 2nd on oilers
    +50% Tk/GV – best on oilers
    Top 25 PKGA C – best on oilers
    Hits 2.3/GM top 30- best fwd on oilers Arco 2.1/gm
    40% ZS top 15 C 2nd best on oilers Gordon 25%
    1.00 EVP/60

  23. Hammers says:

    Good Luck DD Some of us feel for you .

  24. misfit says:

    Dubnyk has a fairly decent history of providing NHL calibre goaltending (first half of this season aside), and he’s just been traded to the team that turns everyone they have between the pipes into stars, so a bounce back shouldn’t surprise anyone. But the fact is, he was a UFA after this season, and it would’ve been hard to justify his return next year. Couple that with the fact that goalies are rarely hot commodities on deadline day, and you get a player with very little trade value.

    And we received VERY little for him.

    I don’t mind Hendricks just for the fact that he’s versatile and can help out on special teams. I don’t necessarily think he completely dispels any hope for Lander’s future with this team. He could just as easily be Ryan Smyth or Ryan Jones’ replacement with his ability to play all 3 forward positions. Gordon was his most common linemate in the one season the two played together in Washington, so maybe some familiarity sparks something.

    He’s certainly a capable faceoff man, but he’s never been higher than 5th on his team in faceoffs taken. We’ll probably use him at center for the remainder of this year, but my hope is we have Arcobello as the team’s 4C going forward and Hendricks plays LW on the 3rd (or preferably 4th) line.

    But he’s a 200lbs+ forward who plays a physical game. I suspect that’s the #1 reason he’s here.

  25. denny33 says:

    Hendricks has only taken 26 draws this season…..he has played wing.

    Turns 33 this summer…..

  26. gcw_rocks says:

    Caramel Obvious,

    Scrivens played behind the Kings defence. Dubnyk played behind the worst defence in the history of hockey for the last three years. Sometimes you have to add a little touch of context to the numbers.

  27. gcw_rocks says:

    Since there is a Scriven thread, I will only comment on the Dubnyk trade.

    That is a ridiculously bad trade. The hendricks contract is awful. Do you know how much the top teams like LA, Detroit, Boston, San Jose, Chicago and Vancouver spend on there fourth lines? 4% of their cap space. On a 70M cap, that is $2.8M for the whole 4th line and MacT just acquired a guy who costs $1.85M alone. That is brutal cap management. The Oilers would have been much better off to waive Dubnyk and let the Islanders grab him or park him in the minors until he hit free agency than make that trade.

    The only logical explanation is they intend to use a compliance buy out on this guy. Otherwise we have further proof the Oilers have no clue how to manage their cap space.

  28. misfit says:

    gcw_rocks:
    Since there is a Scriven thread, I will only comment on the Dubnyk trade.

    That is a ridiculously bad trade.The hendricks contract is awful.Do you know how much the top teams like LA,Detroit, Boston, San Jose, Chicago and Vancouver spend on there fourth lines?4% of their cap space.On a 70M cap, that is $2.8M for the whole 4th line and MacT just acquired a guy who costs $1.85M alone.That is brutal cap management.The Oilers would have been much better off to waive Dubnyk and let the Islanders grab him or park him in the minors until he hit free agency than make that trade.

    The only logical explanation is they intend to use a compliance buy out on this guy.Otherwise we have further proof the Oilers have no clue how to manage their cap space.

    He was signed this offseason, so he’s not eligible for a compliance buyout.

    …and why would they bother trading Dubnyk, a player who’s a UFA after this year, retain money on the deal, just to acquire a player that they would buyout the following offseason? If you’re going to acquire a player just to buy him out, you’d think you’d be getting something else along with him.

  29. fifthcartel says:

    Dreger mentioned Cam Ward again on Sportscentre.

  30. TheOtherJohn says:

    Caramel Obvious: That completely misrepresents the numbers.If you care about the numbers Scrivens is much better. And Dubnyk is also an UFA.

    Except Scrivens stats at the AHL were at a point in time where he was 3 years older than Dubnyk. At the same age Dubnyk’s numbers in the NHL were .889, 916 and .914. Plus Dubnyk was playing for HORRIBLE Oiler teams.

    Other than that, you are right

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