Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli stood at the Rexall Place podium on Saturday evening to field questions regarding his three trades made earlier in the day. One involved shipping goaltender Anders Nilsson to St. Louis for a young goalie and a fifth-round pick. The other two sent players on expiring contracts to teams for a third-round pick each.
Chiarelli gave his thoughts on the latter moves to kick off the press conference. He began by addressing Purcell being moved to Florida.
“He’s a player that his contract is coming to an end and at this point in the year we are not a contending team and part of management’s job is managing assets and so we felt we should trade him for an asset and that’s what we did,” said Chiarelli.
“Ted has been good for us and he’s played on that top line, made some plays and had success. I think we had three or four teams after him. He’s had some success in the playoffs and he became a valuable type of player to have.”
Schultz has faced criticism for his play of late and the defenceman was traded to Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving him a chance at a fresh start.
“In defence of Justin, he didn’t play well in the last little bit,” said Chiarelli. “I know there are a lot of critics. I’ve seen a lot of players that have been booed, and I can understand why fans boo players, but that go on and have success elsewhere. We had a player in Boston, Dennis Wideman, that we had to move because for some reason or the other he fell into that category but he’s had success after that.”
“We had some house-keeping items to do, and I say that with all-due respect to these guys, with expiring contracts and if you’re not going to move forward with them you have to move them along.”