The Edmonton Oilers have traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for right wing Matt Hendricks.

Devan Dubnyk heads to the Predators.

Devan Dubnyk heads to the Predators.

 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.

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3 Responses to Oilers Ship Dubnyk to Predators for Hendricks.

  1. Mick says:

    Not sure how this helps the Preds. They hope that Dubnyk fits in and performs well with the defensive system that they play.

  2. chaas says:

    Seems like Dubnyk has done everything right so far, except being a member of the Oilers. It’s not easy being a goaltender when your team’s defensive play is less than stellar at best on a nightly basis. He needs a big boost in confidence, and the best way to gain that is on a team with a defense-first mentality.

    Hendricks is a good return. He’s been solid for the Predators this season. Maybe he can teach some of the young kids on the Oilers how to fore-check and back-check.

  3. Paddy says:

    Good deal for both sides.

    PREDS:
    Get: get a UFA goalie at little cost, and who can be let go once Rinne comes back.
    Lose: a checking forward, of which they have many

    OILERS:
    Get: a gritty, character guy, something they’re in desperate need of
    Lose: a UFA goalie they were almost certain not to re-sign

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