Feb 28, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Edmonton Oilers right wing Ryan Jones (28) skates with the puck in the Dallas Stars zone during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Oilers defeated the Stars 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney And Other Thoughts On The 2013 NHLTrade Deadline

A cluster of thoughts, spread out like peanut brittle.

    • Another year where Ales Hemsky‘s name is part of the trade deadline talks, but nothing ever materializes.  They’re not going to trade Ales Hemsky for Milan Lucic,  Johnny Boychuk,  Ryane Clowe, Gordon Lightfoot, or whoever else you’ve got on your wish list.  Can’t wait for next year when we hype this up again.
    • Were the Oilers supposed to be buyers?  Sellers?  With the exception of the acquisition of Jerred Smithson, they were stand-patters.  I’m not wild about that.  Would it have killed you to bring in one of those second round pick defencemen that were making the news over the weekend?  Not saying you had to throw away all the pieces, but if a second round pick and pending UFA would’ve gotten me a defenceman, I probably would’ve leaped all over it.
    • Ryan Whitney didn’t go anywhere.  Would’ve lost a dollar on that bet.  Less surprised am I about Ryan Jones staying put.
    • Nikolai Khabibulin didn’t go anywhere either.
    • Is this team better after the deadline?  By acquisition of Jerred Smithson, yes.  Is this team much better?
    • Player I would’ve liked to see Edmonton acquire:  Nearly every NHL defenceman who was available.
    • Big winners:  Columbus (!!!!^@!@!@!!!),
    • Also winners:  Ottawa, Buffalo, Minnesota (though it cost them), Nashville
    • Not so hot, Al: New York Rangers, Washington, Tampa Bay

     

      • Player that may have had the greatest chance of being acquired by the Oilers:  Ben Bishop

       

      • Best soundbite of the day:  Roberto Luongo on how he’d void his contract, and that it sucks.
      • Ridiculous rumour of the day:  Ryan Miller + Drew Stafford + 2nd round pick to Washington for Alex Ovechkin.  If you started this rumour, you should feel very bad.
      • Team likely to make the most noise in the standings after the deadline: Columbus.  Also, they traded Steve Mason to Philadelphia for Michael Leighton AND A THIRD ROUND PICK.  These things actually happened, and are almost as crazy as some of the trade proposals that fly around the internet on deadline day.

      The Oilers take on the Flames in Calgary tonight, who got rid of Blake Comeau to those very same Blue Jackets.  The Oilers can occupy sole possession of eighth place if they are victorious.  What a thought.

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