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Peter Chiarelli At The Trade Deadline: Part Two

Yesterday, we took a look at Peter Chiarelli at the trade deadline (here) with the Boston Bruins from 2007-2011. Those years are so interesting to me because it starts with PC selling (2007) and eventually ending with him buying (2011) en route to a Stanley Cup Championship. We hope that is the timeline here in Edmonton as well.

I wrote that 2008 and 2010 are the best matches for this year’s Oilers, more on that tomorrow. Today, we will take a look at Chiarelli’s final years in Boston and his first season in Edmonton.

2012:

February 27th (Deadline Day): Boston trades F Yannick Riendeau and D Marc Cantin to the NY Islanders for F Brian Rolston and D Mike Mottau; Boston trades D Steve Kampfer to Minnesota for D Greg Zanon

Chiarelli had a Cup winning core in place and was simply looking to add a few veteran pieces to help the repeat effort. Boston would finish as the number two seed in east but fall in the first round to Washington. This deadline is kind of a wash, because while the Bruins didn’t give anything up, they really didn’t add anything of value here.

This is a deadline we see quite a bit in the NHL, when teams add veterans who make a minimal impact. Again, I don’t think the Oilers are going to be in the market for players like this, so 2012 isn’t really a comparable.

2013:

April 2nd: Boston trades F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne and a conditional 2013 2nd round pick (turned into a first) to Dallas for F Jaromir Jagr

April 3rd (Deadline Day): Boston trades F Rob Flick to Chicago for F Max Sauve; Boston trades a 2014 conditional draft choice to St. Louis for D Wade Redden

Adding a player like Jagr makes a lot of sense for this year’s Oilers team. The club desperately needs a scoring winger for the McDavid line, and while a first round pick is dear, I’d be willing to move it for a solution at this spot. Now, the player would need to be younger than Jagr and not be a pending UFA, but that trade could be used as a template by Chiarelli at the deadline.

The Redden deal didn’t do much for Boston, but once again Peter Chiarelli added a veteran defender to provide some depth.

2014: 

March 5th (Deadline Day): Boston trades a 2014 3rd round pick to Philadelphia for D Andrej Meszaros

Chiarelli had another really strong Boston team that ended up winning a round in the playoffs. This would actually be the last time PC would steer Boston to the postseason. Again, we see him add a veteran defender, this time a puck mover who could play on the PP.

A player like this doesn’t appear to be out there this year, but a low cost rental forward like this could be on the board for Edmonton. PA Parenteau, in my mind, is the forward equivalent of Meszaros at the time. Would you move a 3rd for Parenteau right now? I believe I would.

2015: 

March 2nd (Deadline Day): Boston trades 2015 and 2016 2nd round picks to Tampa Bay for F Brett Connolly; Boston trades F Jordan Caron and a 2016 6th round pick to Colorado for F Max Talbot and F Paul Carey; Boston trades F Jared Knight to Minnesota for F Zack Phillips

The Connolly trade proved to be Chiarelli’s last battle in Boston. Connolly was terrible with the Bruins over a season and a half and the price paid was dear. I like the idea of going after a skilled player in need of a change of scenery, however, and I wonder if Chiarelli would pursue that kind of deal (Anthony Duclair?) in two weeks time. The price would need to be less than two 2nd round picks, however.

2016:

February 27th: Edmonton trades G Anders Nilsson to St. Louis for G Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 5th round pick; Edmonton trades F Teddy Purcell to Florida for a 2016 3rd round pick; Edmonton trades D Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a 2016 3rd round pick

February 29th (Deadline Day): Edmonton trades D Martin Gernat and a 2016 draft choice to Anahiem for F Patrick Maroon

This reminds me a little bit of the 2007 trade deadline. Chiarelli moves out some pieces that don’t fit for future assets while also acquiring a player that can help both in the present and future. Maroon has proven to be a stroke of genius for Chiarelli, his best deadline move arguably since acquiring Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew in 2007.

We’ll conclude this tomorrow with our full overview and look ahead to the 2017 deadline.

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