Vandermeer is headed to BC. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Today - January 14th, 2013

A few transactions took place today, one involving the Oilers.


  • Edmonton acquires Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars for a third round pick.  While certainly no ‘wow’ move, getting an NHL defenceman into Edmonton before the season started was an action that absolutely needed to be made.  With Theo Peckham out with a hip flexor and Andy Sutton likely out for the year, the Oilers acquired a third pairing defenceman who’s capable of blocking some shots.  Good.
  • Montreal traded defenceman Brendan Nash to Florida for defenceman Jason DeSantis.


  • Vancouver signed unrestricted free agent (and former Oiler) Jim Vandermeer to a one year contract valued at 600K.  Vandermeer spent 2011-12 in the San Jose Sharks organization after a year with the Oilers.  This marks the second consecutive day that the Canucks have signed former Oilers (I don’t know how you could’ve missed the Canucks signing Cam Barker).  Tomorrow, the Canucks plan on acquiring Bob Beers, so stay tuned.


  • The Oilers announced via Twitter and official website that Rexall Place’s lower bowl will be opened so that fans can enjoy the second and third days of training camp.  They’ll also have more concession stands open so that fans won’t have to wait seven hours to get their complimentary popcorn and soda, which is a good-faith gesture.  Boulders are moving here.  First Peckham has a hip flexor and the team acquires a body for the defence.  Then, the lower bowl is opening and more concession stands are open.

Next thing you know, fancy stats will be rolling in.

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