Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli chose to stay the course with his roster as the NHL trade deadline came and went at 1pm today.
Chiarelli acquired centre David Desharnais last night from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Brandon Davidson.
Chiarelli says today after looking into a couple of things he decided to stand pat.
“We had a couple of things in play today that involved Andrew Ference and essentially his cap hit, he had waived his no move and it’s great that he did so we were able to open some things up,” Chiarelli said. “We felt after making the move yesterday with Desharnais we were not overly active. We kind of targeted of a few areas and they didn’t happen.”
The Oilers made one trade and it was a minor league deal.
The Oilers have sent forward Taylor Beck to the New York Rangers for 29 year-old forward Justin Fontaine.
Fontaine has played 50 games this season for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League scoring nine goals, 21 assists for 30 points.
Fontaine has played 197 career NHL games for the Minnesota Wild collecting 27 goals and 68 points, he also has 19 career playoff games under his belt.
Fontaine was a teammate with Oilers centre Mark Letestu with the Bonneville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2005/2006 where Letestu won the AJHL MVP award that season scoring 105 points. Fontaine scored 81 points.
The Oilers currently sit in a tie for second place in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks five points back of the San Jose Sharks for first.
Chiarelli says he’s happy with his current lineup and they have earned the opportunity to see how far they can go this season.
“It’s well-rounded, there’s still a little bit of youth and inexperience, I think we’ve got good depth” Chiarelli said. “I feel pretty good and as I have said before, this is a team that has come together as team over time this year and I think they deserve to see what they can do.”