Jeff Petry trade may not gain much, but it's more than the alternative

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-03

So your best defenceman, a guy you developed to reach age 27 after being drafted 45th overall, is worth less than a No. 45 overall draft pick?

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Oilers sorry to see former teammate leave, wish Jeff Petry well

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-03

It was a deal everyone in the Edmonton Oilers' dressing room anticipated.

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Flames, Oilers show progress at trade deadline

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-03

Both Brad Treliving and Craig MacTavish stuck with the present and pointed to the future on Monday afternoon. The horizon just seems a little bit closer in Calgary than Edmonton, is all.   For Treliving, patience meant trading a passed-by prospect Sven Baertschi for a second round draft pick and holding fast to the draft picks he reaped for his biggest trading chip, Curtis Glencross, who had gone to Washington on Sunday. While in Edmonton, keeping a cool head meant taking two picks for Jeff Petry and simply refusing to dip into the pool of young talent atop the Oilers forward ranks.   “I just don’t see another option, I really don’t,” pleaded Oilers general manager MacTavish, when

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Monday Mailbag - March 2nd

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-03

Well, another trade deadline has come and gone, and the Oilers are once again worse today than they were yesterday. Are we surprised? No, of course not. Since the Oilers are endlessly disappointing you could probably use some cheering up, and so I present another edition of the mailbag.  This segment depends on you, so if you have a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Without further delay, the Mailbag. Enjoy.

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Canadiens show patience, perspective

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

Marc Bergevin’s meticulous nature continues to improve the Montreal Canadiens at just the right pace. With the additions of blueliner Jeff Petry and forwards Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell, Bergevin has brought onboard a defenceman who can play in the top four and a couple guys who will marginally improve the bottom six. Crucially, he did it without surrendering a first-round pick or prospect of any note. Count perspective among Bergevin’s numerous positive traits, then, because he seems to have a perfect big-picture understanding of exactly where his team sits. The Canadiens have more points than anybody in the Eastern Conference and clearly have a crack at winning multiple playoff rou

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Grading Canadian teams’ deadline deals

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

Suffice it to say that while many things happened on Trade Deadline Day this year, no great thing came to pass. The report card on the Canadian franchises’ performance in the trade crucible should be taken with a grain of salt. Grades have been assigned on a bell-curve basis—a B+ here would be a B most other years, but performances here are measured against the middling performance across the league. Montreal Canadiens Acquired: Jeff Petry from Edmonton for 2nd in 2015 and a conditional 5th in 2015; Brian Flynn from Buffalo for a 6th in 2016; Torrey Mitchell from Buffalo for futures (TBA) A lot of names were floating out there in rumours but GM Marc Bergevin made subtle tweaks. In th

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SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-02

Pondering deadlines based on the Oilers’ moves feels the same every year: You’re left wondering why they don’t just blow it up. Edmonton entered the calendar year 2015 with three holes (starting goaltender, LH Top-4D, 2C) and have added two more (RH Top-4D, scoring winger) via the David Perron and Jeff Petry deals. Craig MacTavish must cash in those picks acquired in the Perron and Petry deals for immediate help but we’ve seen this movie before and it never ends with an actual trade. “I’m confident going forward with Oscar, Justin, Nikita, Andrew and Fayne.” MacT on Oilers blueline. #Oilers — Jason Gregor (@ JasonGregor) March 2, 2015 This is an i

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Oilers Trade Deadline Recap

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-02

It started out early, with a bang, as Jeff Petry was traded to Montreal for a pair of 2015 NHL draft picks. After that deal however, which occurred just before 7:00 AM MT, the Oilers were quiet. No other deals were completed, even though there was interest in F Teddy Purcell and D Andrew Ference. The Petry deal is unfortunate, it really is. Regardless of what you think of him, he was Edmonton’s best defender, providing a complete game. He could move the puck, play the power-play and penalty kill, and played on Edmonton’s top-pairing in the toughest spots. Todd Nelson clearly trusted him too, evident by the high amounts of ice time handed to Petry. The return is bad too for this c

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MacT addresses the media: has no interest in trading Yakupov, Eberle

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-03-02

As more deals continued to trickle through, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish addressed the media. This morning, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish dealt away our longest serving member, Jeff Petry, to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2015 2nd round pick, and a conditional 2015 5th rounder that - according to The Hockey News - can become a 4th round pick should Montreal win one playoff round. If Montreal was to win two rounds, the draft pick will become a 3rd round selection. After the deadline passed, he spoke for twenty minutes answering questions from members of the media. Craig's comments I translated what I felt were MacTavish's most interesting comments on Twitter this afternoon: On Jeff Pe

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Maybe it is worse than we thought

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-02

As I do every morning, I check my phone as soon as I come downstairs. I usually have a few alerts from sources like CBC News and The Score on my lock screen. This morning was no different and The Score app had a quick blurb about Jeff Petry being traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Was I shocked at the return? Nope. Was I impressed with the return? Not even close, especially when 82 year-old Kimmo Timonen nets a very similar return. However, over the past few months my concern for the state of the Edmonton Oilers has given away to humor and sarcasm. These have become my defense mechanisms as a cynical fan. So true to my recent form, I went on a fishing expedition via text message and sent the

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MacTavish hoped for pick and prospect for Petry

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

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Live: NHL general managers discuss trade deadline

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

Keep it here for live coverage from around the NHL as general managers address the media to discuss all their moves (or lack thereof) on NHL Trade Deadline day. Craig MacTavish of the Edmonton Oilers will address the media at 3:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. MT.

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