The NHL trade deadline isn’t until March 5th (Carolina Hurricanes GM believes trades will happen before Olympic break” href=”http://fansided.com/2014/01/14/nhl-trade-rumors-olympic-freeze-deadline/”>unofficially February 7th) but already we have seen a trade go down. On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers officially handed netminding duties over to Ilya Bryzgalov after the team shipped Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for veteran skater Matt Hendricks.
With Dubnyk now down in Nashville, the netminding duties belong solely to Bryzgalov. There’s a lot that can be taken away from this trade, chief among the bullet points is what this means for the health and future of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who remains out with a hip injury.
By trading for Dubynk, who really hasn’t been having that great of a season, the Predators clearly must know that Rinne isn’t coming back anytime soon. Despite his atrocious stats this season, fans in Nashville can likely excuse Dubnyk’s poor season for having to defend an Oilers net that isn’t always easy to protect.
For Edmonton, the addition of Hendricks means that the Oilers picked up a guy who they could have grabbed in the offseason this past summer. Nashville inked Hendricks to a four-year, $7.4 million deal as part of the spending spree they went on, but haven’t been that impressed with his overall stats.
The trade is essentially two teams swapping underwhelming players whom both sides assume will fit better in their new homes.