The Edmonton Oilers
planned to be without injured defenseman Tom Gilbert
for tonight's date with the Winnipeg Jets
What the Oilers (24-31-6) did not expect was to wrap up their morning skate at the MTS Centre with the news that they would be without the well-liked Gilbert for good. Edmonton management shipped Gilbert to the Minnesota Wild
for blueliner Nick Schultz
. Gilbert's name had not been linked in previous trade rumors, making the trade all the more surprising for his teammates.
Schultz must still pass a team physical, Oilers coach Tom Renney said, and he will not dress for the Oilers against the Jets. Renney spoke by phone to Gilbert, who did not make the trip to Winnipeg.
"Kudos to Tom Gilbert
for being an outstanding teammate, obviously, and a really solid NHL defenseman, and one that his teammates and the coaching staff will miss," Renney said. "He brought everything that he could every day to the rink for us, and we certainly appreciate that and wish him real good luck going forward."
Former Winnipeg Jet Nikolai Khabibulin
was hoping to dress for tonight's game, but a lingering groin injury will sideline him. Yann Danis
will back up starter Devan Dubnyk
Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Oilers:
- Sam Gagner
- Jordan Eberle
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Ales Hemsky
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ben Eager
- Eric Belanger
- Darcy Hordichuk
- Corey Potter
- Jeff Petry
- Cam Barker