The Edmonton Oilers have traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for right wing Matt Hendricks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So ends the Devan Dubnyk era in Edmonton. Sadly, he never developed into the quality starting goaltender the Oilers envisioned he would be. This move ensures Ilya Bryzgalov is the Oilers’ starter for the remainder of the season, though it remains to be seen if he’ll retain that role after that, as he’s eligible for UFA status in July.
This trade also raises questions over Pekka Rinne’s health as he makes a slow recovery from a bacterial infection in his surgically repaired hip. With the Predators fading in the Western Conference playoff race, they appear to be adding a veteran presence in goal with Dubnyk, though it remains to be seen if he’ll perform better with a stronger defensive club in front of him.
As for Hendricks, he’s an energetic, physical checking forward who bring a much-needed measure of experienced grit to the Oilers checking lines. He’s currently in the first year of a four-year, $7.4 million contract.