Friday, January 17, 2014

Dubnyk to Nashville, Scrivens to Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers first traded their netminder Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators who were looking to fill holes left by the long-time injury to star goaltender Pekka Rinne.  That piqued interest as to what the Oilers would do to compliment Ilya Bryzgalov in net through the remainder of the 2013-14 season.  The other shoe fell quickly as the Oilers traded to acquire Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings, who had a surplus of goaltenders without question.

The Oilers trade fo Dubnyk to the Predators returned forward Matt Hendricks to Edmonton.  Hendricks has been described as providing "sandpaper" and adept in the faceoff circle.  Hendricks, a 32-year old left-shot hailing from Minnesota, who spent his college career at St. Cloud State, has 372 penalty minutes in 277 games played over his NHL career.  This season for Nashville, Hendricks had gotten into 13 contests.

Dubnyk meanwhile, who has shown the ability to be a number one netminder in the past, will clearly see quality time in net for Nashville.  The 27 year-old backstop played in 32 games with the Oilers this season, racking up an 11-17-2 record, with a .894 save percentage and 3.36 GAA.  Those numbers dipped from his performance last season when in 38 contests, he saved at a .920 clip and 2.57 GAA.  The dip in stats is partially why the Oilers picked up Bryzgalov.  Wtih Bryzgalov getting much of the starts in net, Dubnyk's time decreased, and this move to Nashville should provide an opportunity for him to get back into goal on a regular basis and show his stuff.  The change of environment may also spark Dubnyk.

The Los Angeles Kings certainly had a surplus of high quality goaltenders.  No one can argue that point.  So it was wise for them to trade one of their netminders in order to gain valuable pick which could be used for a defenseman or forward.  Martin Jones has been lights-out for Los Angeles.  It would be very hard for them not to give him regular time backing up all-world netminder Jonathan Quick.  So, with three top-notch netminders, the Kings sent one to Los Angeles.  Ben Scrivens just happens to be from the Edmonton area, so this was a perfect fit.

The 27 year-old netminder has also been spectacular for the Kings this season, putting up marks of .931 save percentage and 1.97 GAA in 19 contests.  Scrivens will push Bryzgalov for ice-time and if he has a good second half of the season with Edmonton, they could look to sign him to a long-term contract.  

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