Ken Holland did not have a great trade deadline. Finding the worst trade deadline in team history would involve several high profile disasters and ill-timed transactions. The best trade deadline? A short and fascinating list of choices.
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TRADE DEADLINE 1987
- March 2, 1987—Oilers traded second-round pick (Link Gaetz) to the Minnesota North Stars for C Kent Nilsson. This was a fantastic pickup, Nilsson had a major impact on the team upon arrival. A ridiculous talent, he finally got with the right team. Magic man. Sather loaded up at least in part due to the disappointment of 1986.
- March 6, 1987—Oilers trade D Lee Fogolin, Mark Napier and fourth-round pick (John Bradley) to the Buffalo Sabres for Normand Lacombe, a fourth-round pick (Peter Eriksson) and the rights to Wayne Van Dorp. Two of my favorites heading out, Lacombe a young prospect who the Oilers felt could provide them with that patented two-way grittiness that made up Slats best teams. Lacombe delivered, but was not here a long time. Fogolin was the heart and soul of the early Oilers, can’t begin to tell you how crestfallen I was on this day.
- March 10, 1987—Oilers trade L Raimo Summanen to the Vancouver Canucks for L Moe Lemay. This was acknowledgement that Summanen—once highly touted—was not going to be part of the inner circle Oilers. I always liked him. Lemay was fun to watch.
TRADE DEADLINE 1988
- March 8, 1988—Oilers trade G Andy Moog and L Moe Lemay to the Boston Bruins for G Bill Ranford, L Geoff Courtnall, F Alan May and a second-round selection (Petro Koivunen). This might be the best deadline trade in Oilers history, it’s certainly near the top. Courtnall played 19 games on the 1988 winner, Ranford won the 1990 Conn Smythe and emerged as the Oilers starter for the first half of the 1990s.
TRADE DEADLINE 2006
- March 8, 2006—Oilers trade 2006 first-round pick (Trevor Lewis) and 2007 third-round pick (Spencer Machacek) to the Minnesota Wild for G Dwayne Roloson. Kevin Lowe’s best trade addressed weakness and sent a fine NHL soaring to new heights. Trading first-round picks should happen once in a very blue moon but this one paid enormous dividends.
- March 9, 2006—Oilers trade C Marty Reasoner and C Yan Stastny plus 2006 second-round pick (Milan Lucic) to the Boston Bruins for LW Sergei Samsonov. Samsonov had electric offense and the club needed it, the second-round pick ended up being a home run but the deal was worth it for Edmonton. A monster.
Some of the memorable deadlines are bittersweet (dealing Bo Mironov three days before acquiring Jason Smith) and some seemed like a big deal and were but not in the way intended (Martin Rucinsky for Ron Tugnutt). Do you have a favourite deadline deal?
Savoie played in his first NCAA game last night, based on OP’s reports (and we thank him) lots of events and some of them good. I think Savoie has a real chance but this first season will be a challenge. Not just Covid-19, but adjusting to new surroundings and lots of lifestyle changes. Emphasis will be on fitness and positioning one expects, the offensive part of his game is already brilliant (three shots on goal in his debut and it does look like he deflected the puck on the way to the net).
He made the roster for Sweden’s WJ club, no surprise there. The World Juniors arrive at a good time for the young blue, he has struggled in recent weeks:
- First 11 games: 1-4-5, -1
- Last 10 games: 1-1-2, -6
- Overall: 21 games, 2-5-7, -7