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BLOG: Nelson on Martindale and trades

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers parted ways with former third round pick, 61st overall in 2010, Ryan Martindale this morning in a trade with the Florida Panthers to acquire Steve Pinizzotto. In addition, the Oklahoma City Barons acquired Jack Combs from the San Antonio Rampage for Derek Nesbitt.

Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson commented on the Martindale trade and why the Oilers organization could afford to move the prospect in a trade.

“In Marty’s case, he needs a fresh start,” said Nelson. “A guy like Marty, he’s a big centreman that has some skill. We think moving forward that we have some guys coming up through the ranks that will fulfill that role. For him, it’s a fresh start every time a player gets traded. It’s a new opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”

The acquisitions of Pinizzotto and Combs will be welcomed additions to the Barons lineup as the team is looking for more grit and some additional scoring support.

“We were looking for a guy like Pinizzotto to come in, have some bite to his game and make us tougher to play against. I think the acquisition of him will help.

“In the case of Combs, he’s a guy that’s sort of like a (former Barons forward) Philippe Cornet type player. He can produce offensively. In San Antonio, he wasn’t given much of an opportunity because of the bodies that they have. He’s excited to come.”

Both Combs and Pinizzotto will get an opportunity to contribute immediately on the Barons, who are dealing with injuries in the forward ranks.

“It’s always tough to lose two players who you’ve had for quite a while. But we’re going to welcome the two new guys in and hopefully, they’ll come here and compliment our team.”

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