The official NHL trade deadline isn’t until March 5th, with the unofficial deadline being on February 7th when the NHL freezes the trade wire for the Sochi Olympics. But the Edmonton Oilers aren’t waiting around to pull the trigger on trades, as the Oilers have made three trades and acquire four players in the last 72 hours.
After making trades with the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings, the Oilers have acquired Steve Pinizzotto and Jack Combs from the Florida Panthers in exchange for fellow AHLers Ryan Martindale and Derek Nesbitt. The trade is hardly a wave making trade like the ones we saw on Wednesday, as only Pinizzotto has NHL experience.
For Florida, they acquire the former 61st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft as Ryan Martindale is the jewel of the trade for the Panthers.
The wheeling and dealing for Edmonton hasn’t calmed down much this week as they’ve been involved in the movement of seven players changing teams in the last three days. They acquired Matt Hendricks from the Predators on Wednesday in exchange for Devan Dubnyk and moments later flipped a third-round pick for Los Angeles Kings netminder Ben Scrivens.
This latest trade isn’t on the level as the other two, but it still shows that the Oilers are active in trying to improve their roster immediately.