Happy Trade Deadline Day, hockey fans!
Much in the same way Jul. 1’s Free Agent Frenzy has, the NHL Trade Deadline has basically evolved into a national holiday. TSN and Sportsnet (and edmontonoilers.com/OilersTV!) devote their entire day of programming to the rumour mill, breaking news, reaction and analysis.
And why wouldn’t we? Since the 1979-80 season, there have been 459 trades involving 844 players on Deadline Day. The Oilers have been particularly active, making 51 deals and exchanging a total of 110 players with teams across the League.
Some of the biggest names in Oilers history have come and gone on past deadline days, including Andy Moog, Bill Ranford, Jason Smith, Tommy Salo and Ryan Smyth. The day has also resulted in some surprises no one saw coming.
The Oilers and Calgary Flames made their first and only trade with one another after swinging a deal in 2010 that sent Steve Staios to the Heart of the New West in exchange for Aaron Johnson and a third-round pick (Travis Ewanyk).
Will the Oilers add to their tally by making one today? Only time will tell. Join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #NHLTrade (or #Tradeline, a 140-character-friendly portmanteau coined by OilersTV Video Producer Nyki Scheuerman) and by staying locked in to edmontonoilers.com for the most comprehensive coverage in Oil Country.
Many players still remain, but with the likes of Jarome Iginla (to Pittsburgh), Jay Bouwmeester (to St. Louis) and Jaromir Jagr (to Boston) already on the move, 2013 could be quiter than usual.
But it's tough to say. The NHL has surprised itself before.
In the meantime, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at every trade the Oilers have made on Deadline Day:
Mar. 11, 1980: Acquired Ron Low from the Quebec Nordiques for Ron Chipperfield.
Mar. 11, 1980: Acquired Jim Corsi from the Minnesota North Stars for future considerations.
Mar. 10, 1981: Acquired Pat Hughes from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pat Price.
Mar. 10, 1981: Acquired Ray Markham from the New York Rangers for John Hughes.
Mar. 10, 1981: Acquired Garry Unger from the Los Angeles Kings for a seventh-round draft choice.
Mar. 9, 1982: Acquired Todd Bidner from the Washington Capitals for Doug Hicks.
Mar. 9, 1982: Acquired Ed Cooper from the Colorado Rockies for Stan Weir.
Mar. 6, 1984: Acquired the rights to Risto Jalo from the Washington Capitals for future considerations.
Mar. 10, 1987: Acquired Moe Lemay from the Vancouver Canucks for Raimo Summanen.
Mar. 10, 1987: Traded Stu Kulak to the New York Rangers, completing a 1986 deal that included future considerations.
Mar. 8, 1988: Acquired Alan May from the Boston Bruins for Moe Lemay.
Mar. 7, 1989: Acquired Jean Leblanc and a fifth-round draft choice from the Vancouver Canucks for Doug Smith and Greg Adams.
Mar. 6, 1990: Acquired Reijo Ruotsalainen from the New Jersey Devils for Jeff Sharples.
Mar. 6, 1990: Traded Brian Wilks to the Pittsburgh Penguins for future considerations.
Mar. 6, 1990: Acquired Marc Laforge from the Hartford Whalers for the rights to Cam Brauer.
Apr. 7, 1995: Acquired Ken Sutton from the Buffalo Sabres for Scott Pearson.
Mar. 20, 1996: Acquired Dan McGillis from the Detroit Red Wings for Kirk Maltby.
Mar. 18, 1997: Acquired Drew Bannister and a sixth-round draft choice (via Anaheim or Tampa Bay) to the Lightning for Jeff Norton.
Mar. 24, 1998: Acquired Janne Niinimaa from the Philadelphia Flyers for Dan McGillis and a second-round draft choice.
Mar. 23, 1999: Acquired Jason Smith from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pair of draft picks.
Mar. 4, 2009: Acquired Ales Kotalik from the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round draft choice.
Mar. 4, 2009: Acquired Patrick O’Sullivan and a second-round draft choice from the Carolina Hurricanes for Erik Cole and a fifth-round draft choice.
Feb. 27, 2011: Acquired Kevin Montgomery from the Colorado Avalanche for Shawn Belle.
-- Ryan Dittrick, edmontonoilers.com | Follow me on Twitter @ryandittrick
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