The best teams solve problems with a long term view. When Craig MacTavish traded for David Perron last summer, that deal might have solved the 2line LW (or RW) problem for five years or more. That’s the kind of thing a good general manager does—not on every deal because there are short, stopgap measures required to bridge between eroding players and prospects emerging—and if you get enough in a cluster contending each season is likely.
I learned about this from the Montreal Canadiens of my youth. Long-term solutions. The new free-agency era impacts things but there’s still plenty of really good problem solving by smart general managers.
I believe the Ben Scrivens trade could be another Perron-style. Edmonton dealt a third round pick (currently #62 overall) for Scrivens, who is a free agent at the end of the season. When they traded for Scrivens, it was obvious that getting him signed would be a priority if he delivered the goods during a short audition.
We are here.
Derek Van Diest writes today “he (Scrivens) and the Oilers are suspected to be in contract talks with his current deal up at the end of the year.” This doesn’t mean Scrivens is the de facto 60 games a year starter for the Oilers beginning next season, but does represent a good trade decision being followed by a (hopefully) sound contract for Scrivens.
The goaltending problem won’t be solved completely, but Scrivens has earned a contract extension from the Oilers. Adding a veteran goalie to Scrivens should give Edmonton the kind of quality and depth at the position that will be required to contend in the tough Pacific division.