When the NHL resumes business in late February there won’t be much time to execute transactions before the March 5th deadline. However, there’s nothing to stop GMs from talking or even completing trades in the next two weeks.
CRAIG MACTAVISH IN THE DEADLINE WINDOW
- Added L Matt Hendricks (11, 2-0-2 even). Oilers probably look at him as a utility forward similar to Ryan Jones. He’s a bigger, heavier, less goal-filled player than Jones. I don’t think he’s a better actual hockey player, but he can do more things (PK, faceoffs). His Corsi for % for the Oilers is 40.3 in the last 10 games, which matches the eye. I’d say there’s a 100% chance he’s an Oiler next season.
- Added D Mark Fraser (4, 0-0-0 -2). He is a subpar player by eye, and his 36% 5×5 Corsi for % (in an admittedly small sample size) matches the view. The Oilers have behaved like a different organization since the Gagner injury, and transactions like this one beget more ice-tilting (and in a bad way).
- Added G Ben Scrivens (6, 2.01 .948). A genuine home run.
- C Sam Gagner: I think the deal gets done at the deadline. I’ll guess Gagner heads to the coast (along with about $3M of his salary) in exchange for Kyle Clifford and Alec Martinez.
- R Ales Hemsky: I think they sign him. MacT holds a press conference, tells everyone the market was soft for such a valuable player and so they entered into negotiations and got another two-year deal done.
- D Nick Schultz: Off to Toronto for a third round pick (currently about #81 overall).
- D Anton Belov: Off to Boston for a third round pick (currently about #84 overall).
- D Corey Potter: Off to Minnesota for a fourth round pick (currently about #112 overall).
POST DEADLINE ROSTER
- Martinez-J Schultz
Extra’s would probably be Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Jones and Mark Fraser, although I’d like to think the club would consider calling up Lander as a 4line option.