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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 12:19 PM

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Doug Weight didn't get to stick around for New York's Stanley Cup parade, but he was the offensive leader for the Edmonton Oilers for several seasons. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) Doug Weight didn't get to stick around for New York's Stanley Cup parade, but he was the offensive leader for the Edmonton Oilers for several seasons. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

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The Edmonton Oilers gained a future captain in one memorable 1994 deal, and lost a captain in a heartbreaking trade 13 years later. Here's a look at some significant second half transcation involving the Oilers.

We continue our look ahead of this year's trade deadline on Feb. 27 of looking at the trade histories of the seven Canadian franchises.

Here's a look at some significant deals made by Edmonton after the calendar turned in a particular season (We include all deals made after Jan. 1 of a particular season).


Kent Nilsson from Minnesota for a second rounder in 1988

The Oilers had the super-talented core in the 1980s, and trades during the season usually featured depth players like Willy Lindstrom and Kevin McLelland.

In this particular deal, the pick was used by the Stars to select goon Link Gaetz, while the WHA veteran Nilsson got to taste from the Stanley Cup, scoring 19 points in 21 playoff games for Edmonton.


Bill Ranford and a second rounder from Boston for Andy Moog

Edmonton traded a goalie not then on their active roster - Moog was playing for the Canadian national team - for one who had fallen out of favour in Boston after a strong rookie season. Moog would spend five productive years as Boston's starter, including a trip to the 1990 Stanley Cup finals. But once there, he would be bested by Ranford, whose Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP was the crowning achievement of eight years in Edmonton


Doug Weight from the New York Rangers for Esa Tikkanen

Tikkanen contributed to New York's Cup run in 1994 and then was gone to another destination. Weight spent eight more seasons with Edmonton, served as captain, and topped 100 points in 1995-96.


Craig Millar and Barrie Moore from Buffalo for Miroslav Satan

After two so-so seasons in Edmonton, Satan would be shipped out, going on to score 224 goals in just over seven seasons with the Sabres. Moore and Millar played a combined 40 games with the Oilers.


Bill Guerin and Valeri Zelepukin fron New Jersey for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir

Guerin marked his first 30 goal season with the Oilers but New Jersey edged this deal. Arnott stayed in New Jersey one season longer than Guerin in Edmonton, and more importantly, scored the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Devils in 2000. 


Tommy Salo from the New York Islanders for  Mats Lindgren and a eighth rounder in 1999

Jason Smith from Toronto for fourth rounder in 1999 and second rounder in 2000

It didn't end so well for Salo, but he was a horse for four seasons in Edmonton, earning 20 shutouts and averaging 69 appearances per season. Interestingly, the Isles got more use out of the eighth rounder (Radek Martinek) than their main attraction.

Toronto would go on to be frequently cavalier with picks for established players, but the Smith deal was the reverse. The picks were used for Jonathan Zion and Kris Vernarsky, neither of whom played a game for the Maple Leafs. Smith was a force in Edmonton's end for over seven seasons, and was captain when the team went to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.


Tom Gilbert from Colorado for Tommy Salo and a sixth rounder in 2005

Oilers win a Salo deal again. The Swedish netminder appears in Colorado's net just five times, while Gilbert is into his fifth full season with the Oilers.


Dwayne Roloson from Minnesota for a first rounder in 2006 and a third rounder in 2007

Sergei Samsonov from Boston for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a second rounder in 2006 

Who knows what might have happened had Roloson stayed healthy in the final round of the 2006 playoffs? He gave them 211 regular season and playoff games of service over nearly four years, recording seven shutouts. The Wild used the first round pick for a trade with Los Angeles, also sending Patrick O'Sullivan to the Kings for the late Pavol Demitra, who had two productive seasons in Minnesota. They sent the third to Atlanta for one Petteri Nummelin.   

The Oilers also picked up impending free agent Samsonov, who was a useful contributor as Edmonton reached the 2006 finals, with 15 points in 24 playoff games. Samsonov opted not to re-sign with the Oilers that summer and was never really the same again. The Bruins didn't get much yield from Reasoner and Stastny but the pick was used for Milan Lucic, judged this week in an NHLPA poll to be the toughest hombre in the league.


Ryan O'Marra, Robert Nilsson and a first rounder in 2007 from the New York Islanders for Ryan Smyth 

A heartbreaking trade for the Oilers faithful, as Smyth departed after more than 11 seasons in Edmonton. The Islanders weren't able to capitalize much on acquiring him, but the Oilers didn't exactly hit a home run with their three swings. The pick used to select defenceman Alex Plante, who has most recently been dealing with concussion issues as a pro.


Ryan Whitney from Anaheim for Lubomir Visnovsky

The edge so far goes to the Ducks because, as of Feb. 19, Whitney had suited up in just over 50 per cent of Edmonton's regular season games since the deal. Visnovsky had a Norris Trophy calibre season in 2010-11. But he's 36, has suffered a fallback in points this season, and could conceivably be dealt again. Whitney has another year left on his deal to try and bolster the other side of the ledger.

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