The Edmonton Oilers have traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in return for forward Matt Hendricks.
Devan Dubnyk was the starting goaltender for the Oilers, however due to recent performance struggles, the Oilers were lead to sign free agent Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov has a 3.27 goals against average and a .907 save percentage, whereas Dubnyk’s stats are slightly less impressive, with a 3.36 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.
The Nashville Predators are second to last place in the Central division, and one of the main reasons for that is the loss of the Preds’ elite goaltender Pekka Rinne, who for months has been suffering a hip infection. The Predators are hoping Dubnyk can make up for the loss of Rinne, however that won’t be easy, as Rinne is arguably one of the best goaltenders in the league. With a record of 20-21-7, the Predators are desperately trying to get back in playoff position.
In this trade, the Oilers are acquiring forward Matt Hendricks. Hendricks has two goals and two assists for a total of four points in forty-four games. That’s, well, not too good. Some may criticize the Oilers for this trade, as Edmonton’s struggles aren’t offense, though their lack of defensive depth.
Update: Shortly after the Oilers filled their backup goaltending void by acquiring local boy Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings for a 3rd round pick in this year’s draft.