Ryan Smyth is still a member of the Edmonton Oilers. But yesterday, prior to the NHL trade deadline, Smyth’s situation was in doubt. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said that the Oilers explored trading Smyth to a cup contender so that he may have the opportunity at playing in the playoffs and making a run at a championship.
However, any possible trade did not occur and Smyth will lace up the skates tonight for the Oilers. That’s not a bad thing for Smyth, who says he loves the city and wants to eventually make Edmonton his family’s home after hockey.
“Emotional,” Smyth said of yesterday’s experience. “Obviously, I’m still wearing an Oilers uniform so that’s a good thing. Mac and I had a discussion, as you guys have known from his report. He was going to try and get me to a contender and I appreciated that but it didn’t work out. I came back here for a reason. Obviously, it was to be in the playoffs and in the hunt but that hasn’t happened in the last three years. As a player, you want to have that opportunity and Mac gave me that opportunity, or tried to, but it didn’t succeed.”
The Oilers newest goaltender Viktor Fasth has arrived in Edmonton and is on the ice for his first morning skate with the team.
- The Panel discusses the Trade Deadline (Watch an archive of the extended-length live version)
- Craig MacTavish Press Conference
- TRADE DEADLINE | Nick Schultz
- PRACTICE RAW | Shannon Szabados
- TRADE DEADLINE | Ales Hemsky
- PRACTICE RAW | Sam Gagner
- PRACTICE RAW | Jordan Eberle
- MacTavish: Tuesday's performance helped Hemsky
- Oilers set to recall Larsen, more to come?
- Nick Schultz traded to Columbus
- Szabados feels at home with Oilers
- Hemsky reflects on trade and Edmonton
- Hemsky traded to Ottawa
- Three absent at the start of practice
- Bruins claim Potter
- Fasth's number
- Szabados to practice with the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers announced they have recalled defenceman Philip Larsen from the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.
Larsen, 24, has registered six points (1G, 6A) in 17 games with the Oilers this season.
The Edmonton Oilers and Ales Hemsky made no secret, after the fact, that the team was looking to trade the veteran winger. General Manager Craig MacTavish said after the trade deadline that he was surprised that Hemsky didn’t fetch a second round pick on the market.
The Oilers got a 3rd and a 5th round pick for Hemsky instead and MacTavish said that it was how the ‘soft’ rental market shaped up. However, the Oilers were happy to get a return rather than let Hemsky, an unrestricted free agent, walk without gaining assets.
Hemsky’s two-goal performance last night against the Ottawa Senators not only boosted his stock for Ottawa, who would trade for him, but also among other teams.
“We had made a lot of phone calls to other of my colleagues, about Ales over the last numbers to see,” MacTavish said. “We all kind of felt we were going to move him. I spoke with Ales about that too. There were a lot more calls today. After the game that he played last night, he really backed up most of the things I was saying to my colleagues.
“It was that, at some point, Ales has been devalued far below what my expectation is of him. I told many of my colleagues that my expectation is, whoever gets him is going to get a real good player and that’s what I would recall of Ales’ game. He gets the puck on the fly in the neutral zone… he’s very dangerous, one-on-one on the fly through the neutral zone. That was really backing up what I was saying. Obviously, he hadn’t scored much up until that point but the potential of getting a player that could do those types of things, opened up the market.”
The Edmonton Oilers traded Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline today. By doing so, and with the loss of Corey Potter to Boston on waivers this morning, the Oilers have just five healthy defencemen on their roster.
Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said today they have explored the potential of calling up some young players from the American Hockey League, but will start with Philip Larsen who was placed on waivers on Monday morning.
“We’ll announce that a little later but we’re going to need one for tomorrow,” MacTavish said. “We’ll, in all likelihood, call up Philip Larsen before he gets on a plane. We talked about Oscar and giving Oscar an opportunity, Brandon Davidson’s played pretty well lately but Oscar came down with a bit of an injury today. That would preclude us from calling him up. They’re in a playoff race now, they’ve played very well the last little while so it really is a discussion on how long we’re going to let them try and keep themselves in the race or maybe get themselves in the playoffs and then the benefit of getting them ultimately up here and have a look and give them some experience.”
The little injury to Klefbom that MacTavish is likely referring to is Klefbom’s shoulder. The Oilers defensive prospect left the ice and sat out one shift in the Oklahoma City Barons game on Sunday. He returned and finished the game.
Craig MacTavish will be speaking live to the media at 2:00 p.m. MST. You can watch it online at edmontonoilers.com and in the Oilers Mobile App.
UPDATE: The Press Conference is over. You can watch the archive here:
The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5th round pick.
Schultz was originally drafted in the 2nd round, 33rd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Schultz has played three seasons with the Oilers. He played in 60 games this season, finishing with four assists and 24 penalty minutes.
With Schultz gone, the Oilers have just five healthy defencemen on their roster. Philip Larsen cleared waivers this week, Corey Potter was claimed by Boston this morning and Anton Belov is out a couple of weeks with a partially torn oblique.
Shannon Szabados has had a whirlwind couple of weeks that have been full of achievements and fun times for the the Olympic gold medal-winning goaltender.
The Edmonton native and member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team got a chance to practice with the Oilers this morning, as Viktor Fasth had not yet arrived in town.
There was a twitter campaign yesterday for the Oilers to have Szabados suit up and backup Ben Scrivens against the Ottawa Senators. The team elected to have University of Alberta goaltender Kurtis Mucha on the bench. But after the game, Szabados got a phone call.
“Yesterday was fun,” she said. “I had a little fun on twitter with the fans tweeting me about backing up (Scrivens). Actually, Dallas called me last night after the game and asked me if I had my gear and if I wanted to practice with the guys today.”
Szabados is no stranger to skating with NHL players, but practicing with them in-season was something new.
“It was awesome. I skate with some NHL guys in the summer but obviously, it’s a little different when it’s a team practice in the middle of the season but it’s exciting to be a part of.”
Szabados said she felt very welcome in the locker room and had a great time.
“They’ve been awesome. They brought me right into the room and I’ve skated with a couple of them before. I played with Scrivs in junior, against him, so I knew some of them and with the rest of them, I introduced myself and felt welcome.”
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The Oilers traded longtime winger Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators this morning, for a 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.
Hemsky played 652 regular season games for the Oilers and scored 477 points (142-335-477), since being taken 13th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He also scored 17 points (6-11-17) in 30 playoff games.
Hemsky spoke to the media just moments after the team made the trade official and although he expected a move to happen, it was still a strange moment to say goodbye.
“It’s a weird feeling and especially because I’ve been here for so long,” Hemsky said. “I have a lot of great memories and it comes to the end. It’s a weird feeling, but I’m excited for the new challenge and play different hockey.”
He continued, “It’s just a mix of feelings. It’s hard to leave from here because I’ve been here for so long and I was comfortable here. I knew the city and the team and everything. It’s the only team I’ve been playing for so it’s kind of weird. Like I said, I’m ready for the challenge.”
For Hemsky, it was just time to move on. The winger said he was looking for a new challenge and hoped to move on to a team that’s competing for a playoff spot.
“It’s not about the city or the team. I really like the city, I love the guys over here and I like the organization and it’s just more personal. I need a change and it’s a good challenge for me. I’ve been here for so long, in this situation, so I’m happy for the challenge.”
When asked about the legacy that he wished to leave behind in Edmonton, Hemsky said he didn’t know how the fans would choose to remember him but he hoped it was as a hard worker who gave the team his all.
“I don’t know, you’ve got to ask them how they’ll remember me,” he said. “I’ve been here for 12 years and I think I tried with everything I could to help the organization and, like I said, I really appreciate what the people in the city have done for me. Everybody treated me nice and I met so many great people here and I pretty much grew up here and I can’t appreciate enough, the city of Edmonton and this organization.”
Hemsky went out in epic fashion, playing in his final game as an Oiler last night and scoring two goals in a win over the team he’d eventually be traded to. The fans began to chant his name as he was named the game’s first star.
“It was nice. It worked out pretty well, the last game, to have it like that and to hear the people like that. I talked to a lot of people and like I said, they treated me very well and I have a lot of respect for the city.”
Hemsky can now ride off to face a new challenge with the knowledge that he left his mark on a team and a city.