The Edmonton Oilers officially became an NHL team during the expansion draft, June 13 1979. Just 70 days later, the club made its first official transaction with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The two teams have been partners many times since, and could be again in the coming days.
Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. I am proud to be part of The Athletic. Here are the most recent Oilers stories.
- New Lowetide: 10 free agent targets for the Oilers this offseason
- New Lowetide: What if the Oilers went scorched earth in front of 2020 free agency?
- New Lowetide: Examining Matt Benning’s future with the Edmonton Oilers
- Lowetide: Oilers Top 20 Prospects, Summer 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Unqualified RFAs could be top offseason targets for the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Legendary Oilers PA announcer Mark Lewis discusses his temporary comeback
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s bet on Andreas Athanasiou and how Oilers will proceed
- Lowetide: Lessons learned from the ghosts of Oilers’ draft weekends past
- Lowetide: Oilers’ William Lagesson may benefit from extraordinary circumstances
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘We’ll learn and grow from it’: Connor McDavid’s tune different compared to last year
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Who stays? Who goes? The most likely players to stay with and leave the Oilers
- Lowetide: A rational approach for the Oilers at the 2020 draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What’s holding back the Oilers? Superstars’ defence and team’s depth under focus
- Jonathan Willis: After a play-in round exit, the Oilers need an offseason of change
- Lowetide: Oilers 2020 picks finalized, it’s go time for Jesse Puljujarvi
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s urgent summer as Oilers general manager begins
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The Oilers have some disappointing lessons to learn — even in season of progress
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Replacing Tyler Ennis: Ranking the best left wing and backfill Oilers options
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Bang for your buck: Ranking the Oilers based on contract expectations
- Jonathan Willis: Is Philip Broberg on track to be a top-pairing defenceman?
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster construction options over the next five months
Trades with Toronto (12)
August 22, 1979: Oilers trade veteran winger Reg Thomas (he would play 39 more NHL games) for a 1981 sixth-round pick (defenseman Steve Smith would play 804 NHL games). Edge Edmonton, courtesy Barry Fraser. Leafs didn’t give up much.
March 2, 1982: Oilers trade prospect center Walt Poddubny (he would play 464 more NHL games, 28, 40, 38 and 38 goals in single seasons) and prospect Phil Drouillard (he did not play in the NHL) for veteran center Laurie Boschman (he would play 822 more NHL games). Toronto won this deal, Boschman played only 73 games with Edmonton and didn’t fit. Boschman would enjoy a strong career in Winnipeg, Oilers getting a fine winger in Willy Lindstrom. All three teams benefited, it took a little under a year to shake out.
January 15, 1983: Oilers trade Reid Bailey (he would play 13 more NHL games) for winger Serge Boisvert (he would play 29 more, none for Edmonton). I recall both men, but nothing about this trade.
December 21, 1989: Oilers trade fourth-round pick in 1990 draft (Greg Walters had a long career in the minors but did not play in the NHL) for Vladimir Ruzicka (he was such a fun player, played just 25 games for the Oilers and landed in Boston where he enjoyed one outstanding season and would play in 233 NHL games after the trade). I wish you could have seen him, he was a steamroller on skates. About every 40 games, he’d take the puck in his own zone, get a head of steam, and deke, run over, flatten, tunnel and chisel his way to the net and score. Honestly, it was beautiful.
September 19, 1991: Oilers trade Glenn Anderson (HHOFer, he would play 301 more NHL games), Grant Fuhr (HHOFer, he would play 444 more NHL games) and Craig Berube (he would play 819 more NHL games) for Vincent Damphousse (wonderful player, he would dress for 984 more NHL games), Luke Richardson (he would score 1,139 more NHL games), Scott Thornton (908 more) and Peter Ing (15 more). Heartbreaking trade in a devastating run that sent Jari Kurri away in May of 1991, this trade in September and the Messier deal in October. The glory Oilers died between May and October.
October 7, 1991: Oilers trade Ken Linseman for cash. Sure.
December 4, 1995: Oilers trade Peter White (214 more NHL games) for Kent Manderville (510 more NHL games). White was a solid scorer in the minors and got some cups of coffee, Manderville was a big winger who sometimes looked like he was going to break out. Hung around for 510 games, that’s a fine career.
March 23, 1999: Oilers trade 1999 fourth-round pick (Jonathan Zion, 0 NHL games) and a 2000 second-round pick (Kris Vernarsky, played 17 NHL games) for Jason Smith (he would play 683 more games). Big win for the Oilers, still remain flummoxed by Toronto giving up on him. Smith was a fine defender for Edmonton over many years.
March 4, 2013: Oilers trade fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft (Nick Magyar) for Mike Brown (153 more NHL games). Brown was sent along in October of 2013.
January 31, 2014: Traded Teemu Hartikainen (no additional NHL games) and Cameron Abney (no NHL games) for Mark Fraser (57 more NHL games). Fraser came in and played during a difficult season in Edmonton.
June 27, 2015: Traded Martin Marincin (138 more NHL games) for Brad Ross (0 NHL games) and a fourth-round pick in 2015 (Christian Wolanin, who has played 43 games so far). Edmonton dealt the pick to Ottawa for Eric Gryba. It didn’t matter really, but I still think Edmonton should have kept Marincin.
June 8, 2018: Traded a conditional pick for Nolan Vesey. The best information currently available is that the pick will not be sent east.
TRADING WITH TORONTO?
The Maple Leafs and Penguins broke the trade barrier yesterday, a dandy trade to pull apart and evaluate. I think the Penguins got a fine winger who is going to score well more than 13 goals next season, but Toronto won the trade. The first-round pick has big trade value, and the best prospect in the deal (Filip Hallander) also landed in Canada. Toronto’s cap saving is the biggest deal of all. Fun trade. Penguins should have two dynamite No. 1 and No. 2 lines 2020-21.
James Mirtle and Pierre Lebrun mentioned Edmonton in their articles about the deal, Mirtle in regard to goalie Frederik Andersen and Lebrun discussing the leadup to the Kapanen deal (Edmonton’s No. 14 overall pick the key piece). Sounds like the ask on Andersen would be a player/prospect/pick with utility and a low cap hit, so Edmonton would need to offload Kris Russell to make it happen.
Among goalies with 30 or more starts in 2019-20, Koskinen finished No. 10 with a .917 save percentage, Andersen was .909 and good for No. 23 overall.
At even strength, Koskinen is No. 15 (.921) and Andersen is No. 17 (.917).
Using the last three years as a measure, Andersen has a save percentage of .915 and Koskinen (in two seasons) is .911.
Pronman is an excellent judge of a prospect system and each season’s draft, so if he has the Oilers dropping from No. 9 to No. 26 I believe him. He has some fascinating things to say about the top end of the organization and especially about the two players he believes could be foundational pieces. A great read. Pronman will join me tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:20.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning, we begin at 10 on TSN1260. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will pop by to talk about the James Neal-Milan Lucic trade (he wrote a brilliant piece on it recently). We’ll also talk organizational low points (I think we share the same nadir). Joe Osborne from OddsSharks will be in at 11 to discuss mlb, NHL and NBA playoffs. James Mirtle from The Athletic will join us at 11:25 to talk about the Maple Leafs trade yesterday and the multiple trade matches between the Oilers and TML this offseason. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!