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Predators trade Matt Hendricks to Edmonton for Devan Dubnyk


Jan 15, 2014


From the Nashville Predators PR department:

“Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Matt Hendricks.

Dubnyk, 27 (5/4/86), has posted an 11-17-2 record, a 3.36 goals-against average, a .894 save percentage and a pair of shutouts while appearing in 32 of the Oilers’ 49 games this season. The 6-6, 210-pound Regina, Sask., native has appeared in 171 career NHL contests – all with Edmonton since 2009-10 – including 38 of 48 games in 2012-13, 47 games in 2011-12 and 35 games in 2010-11. He has a .910 save percentage, 2.88 goals-against average and eight shutouts to go along with a 61-76-21 record.

Edmonton’s first choice, 14th overall (first round), in the 2004 Entry Draft, Dubnyk has represented Canada at the past four World Championships (2010-13), and won a gold medal with his homeland at the 2006 World Junior Championships. A Kamloops Blazer (WHL) from 2001-06, Dubnyk was a 2004 recipient of Daryl K. Seaman Trophy as WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, and was the 2004 CHL Scholastic Player of the Year.”

Hendricks was a bit of a bad pickup for the Predators to take during the offseason. While he’s great in the locker room and a good character guy for what the Predators need, his contract per isn’t typical for a player normally on the bottom lines. Trading for Dubnyk shores up a bit of goaltending problems and inconsistency Nashville has had all season, relying on Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec to carry the load in lieu of the injured Pekka Rinne.

While this trade helps Nashville immensely in the goaltending department, the question is who returns to Milwaukee with Dubnyk coming in? Hutton just bounced back after his January 5th loss to the Carolina Hurricanes where he was called out by coach Barry Trotz and Marek Mazanec has been playing steady all season long. Hutton was initially signed to be the backup for Pekka Rinne in case any issues, like his bacterial infection, were to come about, but I don’t know if it’s enough to keep him in Nashville.

With Hendricks off the lineup, what does that do for the Predators third and fourth lines? Right now, I don’t think anything changes besides having one less hole to fill. Clune will get some playing time in the immediate future until any decisions are brought about to bring a player up from Milwaukee and rotate one or two of the lines around. Taylor Beck and Austin Watson have both been playing well for the Admirals, but I think things may hold steady for Nashville while they see how the lineup plays in front of Dubnyk.

Could Nashville benefit from this in the end? Absolutely. They get a true backup goaltender for when Rinne returns, if Rinne returns this season. As Dubnyk is an unrestricted free agent at the years end, the Predators will have a chance to sign him if he ends up working out for them.

To cap the deal off, the Oilers retain half of Dubnyk’s salary. What does that mean? Nashville essentially traded a contract of four years at $1.85mil per for a contract of one year at $1.75mil per.

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Photo Credit: Cheryl Adams