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POSTED ON Friday, 17.01.2014 / 12:53 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers parted ways with former third round pick, 61st overall in 2010, Ryan Martindale this morning in a trade with the Florida Panthers to acquire Steve Pinizzotto. In addition, the Oklahoma City Barons acquired Jack Combs from the San Antonio Rampage for Derek Nesbitt.

Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson commented on the Martindale trade and why the Oilers organization could afford to move the prospect in a trade.

“In Marty’s case, he needs a fresh start,” said Nelson. “A guy like Marty, he’s a big centreman that has some skill. We think moving forward that we have some guys coming up through the ranks that will fulfill that role. For him, it’s a fresh start every time a player gets traded. It’s a new opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”

The acquisitions of Pinizzotto and Combs will be welcomed additions to the Barons lineup as the team is looking for more grit and some additional scoring support.

“We were looking for a guy like Pinizzotto to come in, have some bite to his game and make us tougher to play against. I think the acquisition of him will help.

“In the case of Combs, he’s a guy that’s sort of like a (former Barons forward) Philippe Cornet type player. He can produce offensively. In San Antonio, he wasn’t given much of an opportunity because of the bodies that they have. He’s excited to come.”

Both Combs and Pinizzotto will get an opportunity to contribute immediately on the Barons, who are dealing with injuries in the forward ranks.

“It’s always tough to lose two players who you’ve had for quite a while. But we’re going to welcome the two new guys in and hopefully, they’ll come here and compliment our team.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 17.01.2014 / 2:46 AM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Thursday, 16.01.2014 / 7:37 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
As per warm-ups, line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers tonight in Minnesota:

Hall-RNH-Gagner
Yakupov-Arcobello-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Perron
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Defence pairings:

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
N.Schultz-Belov

Scrivens

Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (flu), Hemsky (foot)
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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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