NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Why the Edmonton Oilers Lost the Dustin Penner Trade

March 1st, 2011 by Salim Valji Leave a reply »
The Edmonton Oilers are a mediocre NHL organization, and one that is desperately trying to shed that label.  But then you have yet another failure by the organization—the Dustin Penner trade.  

The Oilers were said to have gone into this year's NHL trade season with no pressure and the ability to move players on their own terms.  In fact, according to a Sportsnet report, the Oilers were reportedly not going to talk trade with the Los Angeles Kings unless 2010's fifth overall pick Brayden Schenn was involved.  

The Oilers, a team supposedly without urgency on the trade market, blinked first and wound up obtaining far, far less than Schenn in the deal.  They were just as desperate to make a splash as any team out there.   

Meanwhile, the Kings were considered the most aggressive on the trade front, with a top six forward at the top of Dean Lombardi's wish list.  Having made the playoffs last season, expectations were high for the team this season. Outside the top eight on deadline day, it was either go big or go home for Lombardi.  

The Kings missing the playoffs this season could resul ...

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