Dustin Penner purchased Joey Moss' running shoes. Photo courtesy @GenePrincipe

It's Okay, It Was Only Dustin Penner

So the trade deadline has come, and it has now passed.

And don’t get me wrong, I feel that Shawn Belle getting dealt to Colorado for Kevin Montgomery was as every bit as Earth-shattering as the other trade the Oilers swung today.

In case you took a long lunch today, the Oilers traded Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings for defence prospect Colten Teubert, a first round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012. I was really hoping the Oilers would instead forgo the process of chasing draft picks through trade, and to Steve Tambellini’s defence, Colten Teubert is an actual prospect that you probably have actually heard of.

Did this trade make Edmonton a better team?

Colten Teubert. Photo courtesy kings.nhl.com

In a word:  eh.

Colton Teubert was the Kings second first round pick (Drew Doughty was number 2 overall) at 13th overall in 2008.  Teubert put up impressive numbers in his time with the Regina Pats.   Teubert spent a little time with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign over the next couple of years, but was a mainstay in Regina.

Fast forward to yesterday, where Teubert is having a less than stellar season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (2G-8A in 39 games) and a trade is born.  I’d like to think Teubert was the key cog in the deal that also saw the Oilers land a first rounder and conditional pick in 2012, but I’m not so sure.  Teubert’s only twenty, and that’s a lantern in a dark hallway, but I’m not totally convinced about much of anything when I see that this guy’s adjustment to the AHL game has been less than amicable.  What I’m getting at here is that Teubert’s been scratched more than an all-around defencive prospect should usually have to be scratched…at the AHL level.

Teubert will join the OKC Barons tomorrow.

BUT DON’T FORGET THE DRAFT PICKS

Come on, sevens.

I realize that I’m getting a little bit grabby after five years of no playoffs, and for that, I’m sorry.  Normally, I’d be pleased to hear the Oilers got themselves a first round draft pick.  I’d normally be very pleased to hear it, except that it only cost one of Edmonton’s better players in the process and that this draft pick will likely be in the early 20s overall.  And look, I understand that this team is again a thousand kilometres away from the playoffs looking in, but it’s a simple fact that this team isn’t going to get any better in the immediate future by trading the stars it already has.

Can you imagine if the team dealt Ales Hemsky for something similar?  Remember last post?  100 cents on the dollar.  Did this team get back 100 cents on the dollar?  No, they got a quarter, two smarties and a Lotto 6/49 ticket.  The Kings got themselves a genuine first line left winger who will raise Cain come the first round of the playoffs, a gamer.

The Oilers got a kid who has a little ways to go, and I’m hopeful and optimistic that he’ll pan out, and they got two wishes.  I was really counting on Tambellini making a deal that would make this team better tomorrow and into next season, and unless he’s got some snake oil up his sleeve come this offseason, the jury’s still out.

Did we get a gamer in return?  Not yet.

An immediate impact?  No.

I wish Dustin Penner all the best in his future endeavours.

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