Between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019, the Edmonton Oilers made 75 trades of note. That’s a lot. As a comparison, in the same time frame the Detroit Red Wings (much of the time under the guidance of current Oilers general manager Ken Holland) made 33.
That’s a big gap. At the dawn of a decade where we’re going from 7.5 trades a year to three, let’s look back on the collective works of Steve Tambellini, Craig MacTavish, Peter Chiarelli, Keith Gretzky and Ken Holland. What are the 10 best trades of last decade?
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TOP 10 TRADES OF THE DECADE
NUMBER ONE: February 11, 2011. Oilers trade LW Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings for D Colten Teubert, 2011 first-round pick (Oscar Klefbom) and a third-round selection in 2012 (Daniil Zharkov). At the time, trading Penner represented pulling the plug on 11-12 and possibly the next season, too. A bitter pill. The key was the first-round selection, Klefbom, who has been a big part of this team since arriving in the NHL. Tambellini is not well remembered for being successful on the trade market, but Klefbom was a big piece of the Oilers puzzle for most of the decade. Klefbom was the most valuable piece acquired during the decade by trade. Steve Tambellini.
NUMBER TWO: June 27, 2015. Oilers trade a 2015 second round pick (D Jonas Siegenthaler), third round pick in 2015 (Sergey Zborovskiy) and seventh-round pick (G Adam Huska) to the New York Rangers for G Cam Talbot and a 2015 seventh-round pick (Ziyat Paigin). I was always a fan of the player and this trade. Things didn’t work out but the first two seasons were excellent. A second and a third is not a high price for a true starting goalie. Peter Chiarelli.
NUMBER THREE: February 29, 2016. Oilers trade D Martin Gernat and a fourth-round pick (Jack Kopacka) in 2016 for LW Patrick Maroon. Maroon scored 49 goals in 154 games with Edmonton, or about 25 goals per year. He remains the top performing LW (assuming Leon Draisaitl is listed at RW) on the McDavid line since the captain arrived in 2015. I’ve often wondered if the Oilers should have signed him but the contract sounded dear. Peter Chiarelli.
NUMBER FOUR: January 2, 2015. Oilers trade LW David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2015 first-round pick (Mathew Barzal) and forward Rob Klinkhammer. The deal was made by Craig MacTavish, and it was a damned good one, a match for the Klefbom deal by Tambellini in 2011. Except Chiarelli didn’t complete the transaction successfully. Still a nice bit of work. Craig MacTavish
NUMBER FIVE: December 28, 2015. Oilers trade G Ben Scrivens to the Montreal Canadiens for RW Zack Kassian. It was a real value deal for Edmonton, although there was some risk involved. Over five seasons now, Kassian has scored 47 goals and 101 points as an Oilers winger. In today’s NHL a trade that brings in a veteran who contributes for five seasons is a winner. The price was very low, making it a quality return. Peter Chiarelli
NUMBER SIX: July 10, 2013. Oilers trade LW Magnus Paajarvi and 2014 second-round pick (Ivan Barbashev) to the St. Louis Blues for LW David Perron. Edmonton gave up a lot in this deal (Barbashev is a fine player) but Perron scored 28 goals in his one full season and brought a handsome return when it was time to go. Craig MacTavish
NUMBER SEVEN: July 19, 2019. Oilers trade LW Milan Lucic and a 2021 third-round pick to the Calgary Flames for LW James Neal. Oilers got out of having to protect Lucic in the expansion draft and Neal was productive on the power play. Neal scored 19 in the regular season and two in four postseason games. Ken Holland
NUMBER EIGHT: February 28, 2017. Oilers trade LD Brandon Davidson to the Montreal Canadiens for LC David Desharnais. He didn’t spend much time in an Oilers uniform, but Desharnais’ massive overtime goal against the San Jose Sharks was a key moment in Edmonton’s 2017 postseason. He mainly struggled and cost Edmonton a good defenseman, or he’d be even higher on the list. Peter Chiarelli.
NUMBER NINE: February 23, 2018. Oilers trade D Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders for 2019 third-round pick (Ilya Konovalov). This trade has miles to go, but Konovalov is a real prospect and could be less than a year away from playing in the AHL. I think this trade could be a gem. Peter Chiarelli.
NUMBER TEN: June 30, 2013. Oilers traded No. 37 overall pick (Valentin Zykov) to the Los Angeles Kings for No. 57 (William Carrier), No. 88 (Anton Slepyshev), No. 96 (Kyle Platzer). The Oilers then traded No. 57 (William Carrier) to the St. Louis Blues for No. 83 (Bogdan Yakimov), No. 94 (Jackson Houck), No. 113 (Aidan Muir). Actually two trades in one and not as massive a return of quality as I had hoped, but Slepyshev was an intriguing talent all down the line. For entertainment, and for the fact MacT was innovative in the general manager’s chair, this qualifies as a good trade. Craig MacTavish
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