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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.01.2014 / 12:11 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Via the Oilers official Twitter account, head coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that Ben Scrivens will be getting his first start as an Oiler tonight in Minnesota.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 11:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 11:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Newly-acquired Oiler Matt Hendricks is somewhat of a shootout specialist, having gone 9-for-17 (52.9%) in his career. His best season was 2011-12 when he went 5-for-6.

Watch the YouTube video embedded below for some of his more memorable shootout attempts.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 5:51 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked to Oilers TV's Tom Gazzola about today's deals ( listen to it here). Here are some highlights:

On trading Dubnyk:

"We really felt for everybody it was time for a change with Devan. I think this change is really going to benefit Devan as well. I think it’s been tough on everybody, and that includes our goaltenders. It's a fresh start for Devan, which is important for him. He’s a guy who’s always been a consummate professional for us."

On acquiring Scrivens:

"It gives us an opportunity to bring in another goaltender, Ben Scrivens, who’s had statistically a very good season so far. It gives us an opportunity to have a pretty good look at him going forward to see where he could possibly fit in on a longer-term goaltending plan."

MacTavish also talked about how Scrivens stepped up earlier this season for the Kings.

"He really emerged when Jonathan Quick went down to injury the first time. Ben came in and played outstanding in relief of Jonathan. He was making a case for himself as a number one NHL goaltender in those starts that he had. that caught everybody’s attention and what’s given him this great opportunity."

The Oilers GM touched on Scrivens' previous relationship with head coach Dallas Eakins.

"He played very well for Dallas and he’s got a shot to come in here and really establish himself in the National Hockey League. It was important that Dallas gave him the thumbs up in terms of his relationship with Ben."

On adding Matt Hendricks:

"Matt Hendricks has a lot of leadership ability and we need more veteran presence really highlighted by how Andrew Ference has been for our hockey club as well as Boyd Gordon and now we add another guy that has really good leadership and compete level.

"He’s a good penalty killer. He takes face-offs during the penalty kill. He’s an excellent face-off guy. He can play up your lineup. He can play on your third line and definitely can play on your fourth line. He’s been playing right wing in Nashivllle. Our pro scouts have had an eye on him for quite some time."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 5:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

Matt Hendricks will wear number 23 for the Oilers and Ben Scrivens will wear number 30.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 3:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

MacTavish | Devan Dubnyk | Dubnyk full media scrum | Matt Hendricks | Bob McKenzie on the trade

The Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick. Oilers official press release:

General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for a 3rd round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Scrivens, 27, has appeared in 19 games for the Los Angeles Kings this season, posting a 7-5-4 record, .931 save percentage, 1.97 goals against average, and three shutouts.

The 6’2”, 193-pound netminder has compiled a record of 18-19-6 in 51 career NHL games. He has registered a .917 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average, and five career shutouts.

The Spruce Grove, Alberta native spent the past three seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, splitting time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and their affiliate Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

Scrivens was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, after spending four seasons with Cornell University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 3:15 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Devan Dubnyk spoke with the media on Wednesday shortly after being traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for centre Matt Hendricks. ( WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE)

"It's shocking. I think when a season goes this way, no one really feels safe and everybody accepts that there's a possibility of something happening but when it does it catches you off guard."

Dubnyk was looking forward to the opportunity in Nashville.

"It's been a crazy day for me but the more I sit down and think about it, it's just a fantastic opportunity for me to go to a real good hockey team and play some games and I'm really excited about that."

The goaltender also reflected on his time in Edmonton.

"It's probably better to ask me in a couple weeks when I come back (January 26) when I have time to sit down and think about it all. This organization gave me an opportunity to live my dream and play in the NHL and I'll always be grateful for that."
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 15.01.2014 / 12:27 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After the game, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins provided an update on the injury status of forward Ales Hemsky.

"He took a heater in the ankle. It was swelling up on him quite quickly. The early X-Ray doesn't show anything, but I think they'll have to delve a little deeper and get another look at it."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 14.01.2014 / 2:39 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Martin Marincin has been getting progressively better in his current stint with the Oilers. The 21-year-old defenceman has played eight games on his recent call-up with a +3 rating.

“The kid’s shown a great amount of growth early. Usually when you get a call-up like that, a lot of times what happens is they give you a couple of good games and then everything settles down for them and they become not so effective. And you usually see them heading to the minors for some more seasoning,” Eakins began.

“But Marty’s gone the other way so far. He’s gotten better each night, he’s more comfortable, he’s not on the ice for a lot of chances against, which is encouraging.”

He played a career high 22:44 against Chicago on Sunday and was +2.

“He’s getting a taste of going out against some top players and he’s been able to handle them with his size and especially that good stick of his. We’re hopeful he continues the path of improvement every day.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 14.01.2014 / 2:39 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have completed 48 games, which is the equivalent of what they had all of last year's lockout-shortened campaign. With 35 points, they are 10 points behind what last year's club had. Coach Eakins gave his thoughts on the year so far.

“Back in the summer, when this opportunity arose, one of the main decisions was the group of young players and an opportunity for them to grow with me and for me to grow with them.

“Probably the main thing for me was the organization and the people running it. That was probably the biggest deciding factor for me.

“I knew there was going to be some pain involved here but I didn’t think we’d have this many struggles. I think the main struggle of the season goes back to what I like to call the perfect storm early on. We are growing. I think I’m getting better as a coach. I think the core of our players are getting better. And I’m very hopeful that in a short amount of time we’ll look back on this first 48 games or this first season and understand that that adversity has prepped us for better days ahead.”

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