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Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:17 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 1:17 pm
WildOilersBy: Adam Gretz

One team that's already out of the playoff in the west, Edmonton, and another that is barely hanging on to its playoff hopes, Minnesota, struck a deal on Monday afternoon as the Oilers sent defenseman Tom Gilbert to Minnesota in exchange for defenseman Nick Schultz.

Both players are under contract through the end of the 2013-14 season, with Schultz carrying a cap hit of $3.5 million per season while Gilbert is set to earn $4 million per year via CapGeek.

From a hockey standpoint it's pretty easy to see what both teams are trying to accomplish here: Minnesota is trading a defensive-defenseman for more of an offensive presence on the blue line, while the Oilers are shipping out some offense in the hopes of adding more of a defensive mindset.

Gilbert burst onto the scene for Edmonton during the 2007-08 season with 13 goals as a rookie, but has scored just 19 over the following four seasons, including his three in 47 games this year. Even though the goal-scoring has gone down, he's done a nice job overall this season playing tough minutes for the Oilers.

The deal was apparently a bit of a shock in Minnesota, as Wild beat writer Michael Russo mentioned on Twitter that Schultz wasn't even told about the deal before the Oilers announced the trade on their official Twitter account.

Schultz, 29, has one goal and two assists in 62 games this season and logs nearly 20 minutes of ice time per night.

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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:40 pm

Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

Petry will do fine,Gilbert will be forgotten real soon.D is already better now..

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:08 am

Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

You say that if Rick Nash really wanted to be traded then he would of expanded his list of teams he would accept a trade to. Well why would he do that? The man has put up huge numbers for a horrible team his whole career, they have been to the playoffs only once since he has been there. Obviously the man wants to play for a team that has a chance to play in the playoffs every year and possibly challenge for the cup as much as possible, why is that so hard to understand? Im sure he is saying to himself, sure lets add Florida, and Edmonton as destinations so he can make the playoffs one more time over the life of his long term deal.  He already has his money, so thats not the issue. The guy scores 30+ Goals every year on a horrible team, Imagine what he could do playing on a team that actually had some other offensive talent like The Rangers, Kings, Sharks, Red Wings, or Flyers.

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:44 am

Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

I agree looks like Gilbert might of really turning it on. The oil will definatly miss gilbert for his puck moving abilities

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:39 am

Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

I have not heard much about Schultz, but the Oilers will miss Gilbert's puck moving ability.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:17 am

Oilers trade Tom Gilbert for Nick Schultz

Never seen this one coming, no talk or nothing about trading anyone else but Marek Zidlicky.

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