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Oilers trade Dubnyk to Preds for Hendricks; get Scrivens from Kings

  • MikeProsser

Devan Dubnyk, seen here speaking to the Edmonton media, has been traded to the Nashville Predators (courtesy of team’s official Twitter, @EdmontonOilers)

The city of Edmonton is steeped in rich hockey tradition, but for the past six or seven years they’ve been steeped in losing, and this year is no exception. Looking to create a spark, the Oilers announced the trading of goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators for defensive-minded centerman Matt Hendricks. In a separate deal, the Oilers acquired backup goalie Ben Scrivens in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2014.



Dubnyk, whom Edmonton chose with the 14th overall pick in 2004, has not lived up to his first round billing for various reasons. After having a somewhat successful career in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers, Dubnyk has amassed a 61-76-21 record in the NHL with six shutouts; his first ironically coming against the Nashville Predators. The 6’6” native of Regina, Saskatchewan spent four seasons in the AHL with Edmonton’s affiliate (at the time) Springfield Falcons (and four games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) and compiled a record of 42-76-4. Granted no team that Dubnyk has played on has ever had anything close to a defense, and he has been hung out to dry most of the time, but as a first round pick, you’re expected to play as such, and when you don’t you pack your bags.


In return from Nashville, the Oilers receive veteran center Matt Hendricks. A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Hendricks was a fifth round pick of the Preds back in 2000. After refusing a contract with the Predators, Hendricks made stops in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades before settling in the AHL with both Lowell and Rochester before a stop with the famed Hershey Bears. It was there in Hershey that Hendricks helped guide the team to it’s second straight Calder Cup Finals, losing to Carey Price and the Hamilton Bulldogs in five games. After a stops in Boston and Colorado, Hendricks returned to play for Bruce Boudreau in Washington and became a shutdown center and shootout specialist. He returned to the Predators over the summer on a four year deal and registered four points before being traded.


Like Hendricks, Ben Scrivens will be seeing his second team in the same season. Acquired by the Kings from Toronto along with Matt Fratton and a Second round pick in exchange for Johnathan Bernier, Scrivens served as the backup to Johnathan Quick, until Quick’s injury. It was there that Scrivens shined, posting the third best save percentage in the league and fifth best goals against average. But due to the return of Quick, and the emergence of rookie goaltender, and fellow undrafted free agent, Martin Jones, Scrivens became expendable. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native spent four years at Cornell University before joining, and working his way through, the Toronto organization.


Needless to say the Oilers were looking to go in a different direction. Dubnyk goes to a team who plays more of a defensive style and will bring a veteran presence to a net that’s missing Pekka Rinne, whom Dubnyk will back up once he returns while the Oilers get a gritty defensive forward in Hendricks and a goalie who played lights out for a period of time in limited doses. However lets remember Los Angeles likes to play defense unlike Edmonton so look for Scrivens numbers to possibly decrease. An interesting trade nonetheless; lets see if it’s the boost both these teams need to climb out of the cellar.

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