The NHL trade deadline has come and gone.
The Edmonton Oilers were rumored to be moving Ales Hemsky, but that didn't happen, mainly because he was never on the block. Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said he was taking calls for Hemsky, but there really wasn't a chance he would move unless Tambellini's socks were knocked off.
Despite lots of interest, Ladislav Smid never moved, perhaps because he told the team he wanted to remain in Edmonton. The Oilers also held onto Ryan Jones in hopes of re-signing him in July.
Colin Fraser, Kurtis Foster, Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule, Tom Gilbert and Linus Omark all had their names mentioned somewhere, but ultimately were not moved.
The Oilers did make two trades today, however. Let's get to the blockbuster, the only blockbuster of the day, first.
Oilers Trade Penner To Kings
In my last blog post I mentioned that the Kings wanted Dustin Penner, but only if they missed out on Brad Richards and Ales Hemsky. Brad Richards wasn't moved; the Stars were smart and hung onto him.
As for Hemsky, the Oilers asked for way too much, according to sources and insiders, so the Kings turned their focus to Penner and had to pay a huge price to get him.
The Oilers' rebuild looks good on the back end after they brought in Colten Teubert, a 2011 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2012 second-round pick (the condition being if the Kings make the playoffs this season the pick is a second-rounder; if they miss the postseason, the pick becomes a third-rounder).
In my mind, this is a win for both teams, and here's why.
The Kings get a good forward in Penner, who is a 20-30 goal scorer. While Penner comes with questions about not showing up every shift, this is a move that gives the Kings a top-line LW.
If Penner shows up every night, this is a deal that could push the Kings past the first round this season. As for the Oilers' return, they get a first- and a second-round pick (let's face it: LA is playoff-bound) which are assets every rebuilding team would love to have.
The Oilers also get Colten Teubert, a top Kings defensive prospect (second behind Forbort, whom Los Angeles would not deal). Teubert brings the Oilers a much-needed defensive prospect with NHL potential. He has very little offensive upside, and is more of a shut-down defender.
If you ask me, Edmonton added a top-four shut-down defender in this trade.
Teubert has had injury issues in years past, but has been able to shake them this season and is playing well in the AHL. He isn't a top-pairing No. 1 or 2 guy, but he has the potential to be a No. 3 defender for the Oilers down the road.
Adding a young shut-down defender with top-four potential is huge for the Oilers.
Colten was compared to Chris Pronger (not as good as Pronger, but the same style and type of player) when he was drafted, and will be a steal if that is the case.
In my mind, the Oilers are getting ready to draft Adam Larsson this June and added a young shut-down defender today to play with him in the future.
The Kings win this deal right now, but in the long run the Oilers will get the better of this trade as they've added a good young defender for the future and two high draft picks.
The rebuild on the back end has begun in Oil Country.
I want to wish Dustin Penner the best of luck in L.A. He truly was a class act in Edmonton for the Oilers. Thanks for everything during your time here, Big Pens!
Oilers trade Shawn Belle to Colorado
In a minor trade, the Oilers traded AHL defender Shawn Belle to the Colorado Avalanche for AHL defender Kevin Montgomery. Reports came out the Belle wasn't happy in the AHL and was "sulking;" on top of that, Dan Tencer mentioned that the Oilers needed to ship out one AHL defender due to an AHL veteran rule.
The Oilers are losing a physical guy in Belle, who is a good skater. But he never really was anything special this season for Oklahoma City after being sent down following a short five-game stint with the big club.
In Montgomery, the Oilers are getting a puck-moving defender who has his faults. He is more of a skilled defender, if you will, who will move the puck and play almost a Tom Gilbert role.
Montgomery will report to the OKC Barons to play the rest of the season down there. It should be interesting to see if this minor swap results in the Oilers or Avs getting a fifth or sixth defender down the road. In my mind, this deal is a wash.
Oilers recall Richard Petiot
Following Theo Peckham getting beaten by Nathan Horton in a fight Sunday and getting hurt, the Oilers have recalled defender Richard Petiot from the OKC Barons. He'll be in Edmonton and could play for the Oilers Tuesday night when the Nashville Predators come to town.
Montgomery, Teubert to OKC
Kevin Montgomery will report to OKC to take Shawn Belle's roster spot on the Barons, while Colten Teubert will take new call-up Richard Petiot's roster spot on the Barons. Both players are expected to spend the rest of the season in the AHL to further their development.
The Oilers will return to action on the ice Tuesday night as they host the Nashville Predators for game three of a four-game homestand. Should be interesting to see the lines following the loss of Penner.
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