Leading up to the trade deadline, Craig MacTavish continues to tweak his runaway train in an effort to find something that rhymes. There’s a tendency for us to lump all of these transactions into one statement like “he’s done a terrible job” or “they’re addressing weakness very well” but as always the truth lies in between. The trick is to gather useful assets for players you do not deem to be useful to your team. Here’s a look at the ‘in-season’ MacT—a man as prolific as Duke Ellington.
- September 29: Claimed Luke Gazdic on waivers from Dallas. We’ve talk about this player type forever, the Oilers are not going away from him. Getting Gazdic for the waiver price is much better than dealing a 3rd rd pick for him.
- October 21: Traded Mike Brown to San Jose for 2014 4th rd pick. Recovered some of the losses from the Brown acquisition (Oilers traded about #92 to Toronto and got back about #117 from San Jose).
- November 8: Traded Ladislav Smid and Olivier Roy to Calgary for Laurent Brossoit and Roman Horak. It was a weird trade when it happened, it’s a weird trade now. Smid is not performing well, but that’s extremely likely to be a short term item. Brossoit is playing lights out, but in the ECHL. My initial reaction to the deal is that it is not close to value, and until things suss out I’m staying with that viewpoint.
- December 14: Traded Jason LaBarbera to Chicago for future considerations. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. We’ll never hear about the futures, that’s my guess.
- December 19: Traded Linus Omark to Buffalo for a conditional 6th round pick. I’m still cheering for him, he’s not getting a big chance here. Then again, maybe his performance doesn’t warrant it.
- January 15: Traded Devan Dubnyk to Nashville for Matt Hendricks. I’m not as upset as many about this deal, there are ways to get Hendricks off the roster if things don’t work out. Dubnyk wasn’t coming back, that’s for sure. Hendricks has had a few good games since arriving, I’m hopeful they don’t see him as a top 9 option.
- January 15: Traded 3rd rd pick to Los Angeles for Ben Scrivens. Has a chance to rival the Perron deal as MacT’s best in year one. Scrivens has been brilliant.
- January 31: Traded Teemu Hartikainen and Cameron Abney to Toronto for Mark Fraser. As we discussed earlier this week on this blog, the Hartikainen decision was made last April, not this week. Trading two guys who are not part of the future for a guy who might be? I think that’s pretty good business. As Jonathan Willis pointed out, Fraser’s resume has some interesting things. If it doesn’t work out? Nothing ventured.
- Bruce Garrioch: Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish has been the most active this season. He’s finally started to deliver on his promise to make moves. He isn’t done by any stretch. Expect to see left winger Ryan Jones, defenceman Nick Schultz, defenceman Corey Potter and right wing Ales Hemsky moved. The Penguins may have some interest in Hemsky. GM Ray Shero hasn’t been afraid to make moves to bring in help. The other guys are there for teams looking for depth.
We’ve talked about the Penguins before, but in regard to Gagner. If they’re looking for Hemsky, there’s probably a fit. Penguins have about #27 overall in 2014, and also have young defender Simon Despres might make a nice asset, and of course the Oilers could be looking for a big winger or center.
I expect we’ll hear something in the next few days, possibly in the time after the Buffalo game and before the games late in the week.