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Trade Deadline Day: A History Lesson

Wednesday, 04.03.2009 / 10:59 AM / Blogs
By Dan Tencer
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Trade Deadline Day: A History Lesson
Robert Nilsson was acquired at the trade deadline by the Oilers two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching I thought it be appropriate to take a look back at past deadlines for the Oilers. Perhaps the biggest deadline day deal in Oilers history was completed just 2 years ago when Ryan Smyth was dealt to the Islanders. A number of notable Oilers were traded to or from the copper and blue on past deadline days; names including Bill Ranford, Andy Moog, Craig MacTavish, Miroslav Satan and Jason Smith.
The franchise has completed 44 trades in team history on trade deadline day but only two players on the current roster were acquired through deadline deals. Can you name them? Answer at the bottom of the blog.

For your reminiscing pleasure I've compiled a list (which I believe to be complete) of all the Oilers trades on trade deadline day in history. Enjoy the history lesson!

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March 11, 1980: Ron Chipperfield traded from Edmonton to Quebec for Ron Low.

March 11, 1980: Cam Connor and Edmonton's 3rd round choice in 1981 Entry Draft traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers for Don Murdoch.

March 11, 1980: Jim Corsi traded from Edmonton to Minnesota for future considerations.

March 10, 1981: Ken Berry and Garry Lariviere traded from Vancouver to Edmonton for Blair MacDonald and Lars-Gunnar Petersson.

March 10, 1981: Pat Hughes traded from Pittsburgh to Edmonton for Pat Price.

March 10, 1981: Ray Markham traded from NY Rangers to Edmonton for John Hughes.

March 10, 1981: Garry Unger traded from Los Angeles to Edmonton for Edmonton's 7th round choice in 1981 Entry Draft.

March 8, 1982: Laurie Boschman traded from Toronto to Edmonton for Walt Poddubny and Phil Drouillard.

March 9, 1982: Todd Bidner traded from Washington to Edmonton for Doug Hicks.

March 9, 1982: Ed Cooper traded from Colorado to Edmonton for Stan Weir.

March 7, 1983: Laurie Boschman traded from Edmonton to Winnipeg for Willy Lindstrom.

March 6, 1984: John Blum traded from Edmonton to Boston for Larry Melnyk.

March 6, 1984: The rights to Risto Jalo traded from Washington to Edmonton for future considerations.

March 10, 1987: Raimo Summanen traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for Moe Lemay.

March 10, 1987: Stu Kulak traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers, completing an earlier trade.

March 8, 1988: Geoff Courtnall, Bill Ranford and future considerations traded from Boston to Edmonton for Andy Moog.

March 8, 1988: Moe Lemay traded from Edmonton to Boston for Alan May.

March 7, 1989: Brian Wilk and John English traded from Los Angeles to Edmonton for Jim Wiemer and Alan May.

March 7, 1989: Jean Leblanc and Vancouver's 5th round pick in 1989 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Edmonton for Doug Smith and Greg C. Adams.

March 6, 1990: Jeff Sharples traded from Edmonton to New Jersey for Reijo Ruotsalainen.

March 6, 1990: Brian Wilks traded from Edmonton to Pittsburgh for future considerations.

March 6, 1990: The rights to Cam Brauer traded from Edmonton to Hartford for Marc Laforge.

March 5, 1991: Kim Issel traded from Edmonton to Pittsburgh for Brad Aitken.

March 10, 1992: Martin Rucinsky traded from Edmonton to Quebec for Ron Tugnutt and Brad Zavisha.

March 22, 1993: Craig Muni traded from Edmonton to Chicago for Mike Hudson.

March 21, 1994: Craig MacTavish traded from Edmonton to NY Rangers for Todd Marchant.

March 21, 1994: Steve Passmore traded from Quebec to Edmonton for Brad Werenka.

April 7, 1995: RW Roman Oksiuta traded from Edmonton to Vancouver for D Jiri Slegr.

April 7, 1995: LW Scott Pearson traded from Edmonton to Buffalo for D Ken Sutton.

March 20, 1996: RW Kirk Maltby traded from Edmonton to Detroit for D Dan McGillis.

March 18, 1997: D Jeff Norton traded from Edmonton to Tampa Bay for D Drew Bannister and the earlier of Tampa Bay or Anaheim’s 6th round draft pick in 1997 Entry Draft (Anaheim pick previously acquired by Tampa Bay).

March 18, 1997: LW Miroslav Satan traded from Edmonton to Buffalo for LW Barrie Moore and D Craig Millar.

March 24, 1998: D Dan McGillis and Edmonton’s 2nd round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Edmonton to Philadelphia for D Janne Niinimaa.

March 23, 1999: Edmonton traded RW Kevin Brown to NY Rangers for LW Vladimir Vorobiev.

March 23, 1999: Toronto traded D Jason Smith to Edmonton for a 4th-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a 2nd-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.

March 14, 2000: Edmonton traded LW Josef Beranek to Pittsburgh for LW German Titov.

March 13, 2001: Edmonton traded LW Dan LaCouture to Pittsburgh for D Sven Butenschon.

March 19, 2002: Boston traded D Bobby Allen to Edmonton for D Sean Brown.

March 19, 2002: Edmonton traded D Tom Poti and C Rem Murray to NY Rangers for C Mike York and the Rangers’ 4th-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.

March 11, 2003: Edmonton traded RW Anson Carter and D Ales Pisa to NY Rangers for RW Radek Dvorak and D Cory Cross.

March 11, 2003: Edmonton traded D Janne Niinimaa and a conditional 2nd-round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft to NY Islanders for LW Brad Isbister and LW Raffi Torres.

March 9, 2005: Edmonton traded Tommy Salo and a 6th round pick in 2005 (Justin Mercier) to Colorado for Tom Gilbert.
March 9, 2006: Boston traded LW Sergei Samsonov to Edmonton for C Marty Reasoner, C Yan Stastny and Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

Feb. 27, 2007: Edmonton traded LW Ryan Smyth to New York Islanders for C Ryan O'Marra, C Robert Nilsson and the Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.

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The 2 current players acquired on deadline day: Robert Nilsson in 2007 and Tom Gilbert in 2005.

Big props to this site for help with the info!

Finally, don't forget to tune into 630 CHED's live trade deadline coverage beginning at 12pm on Wednesday, March 4th! I'll be hosting from our studios in Edmonton with Oilers Radio Network analyst Bob Stauffer co-hosting from his location with the team in Ottawa.
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