Less than a year after being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Los Angeles Kings, netminder Ben Scrivens is on the move again as he has just been dealt to the Edmonton Oilers. It’s been a busy day for the Edmonton front office as moments after announcing the acquisition of veteran skater Matt Hendricks from the Nashville Predators, the Oilers have acquired Scrivens from L.A.
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Edmonton traded away backup goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Predators in the earlier trade and many speculated that another trade was on the horizon. That trade ended up being the acquisition of Scrivens, who will now take the place of the departed Dubnyk on the Oilers roster.
The trade was less costly for the Oilers than the swap that landed them Hendricks, as Scrivens was acquired for just a third-round draft pick. The trade comes after the Kings acquired Scrivens this summer from Toronto, and they paid a lot more than a simple third-round pick to land him.
While the trading of Dubnyk to Nashville seemed to mean Oilers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was going to be the new starter for the long term, Scrivens may end up competing and even overtaking the job from the veteran. Both Bryzgalov and Scrivens are unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, meaning both will be auditioning for more than just a job with the Oilers in 2014-15.