Oilers trade Garon to Penguins for Sabourin
The Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins swapped goalies on Saturday.
Edmonton traded Mathieu Garon to Pittsburgh in exchange for netminder Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft.
Garon, 31, has a 6-8-0 record with a 3.17 goals-against average and .895 save percentage this season.
"Addressing our goaltending situation was a high priority for us and moving forward, we believe we've accomplished that as well as acquiring some valuable assets for our organization," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said.
Garon was Edmonton's starter during the 2007-08 season before losing his job to Dwayne Roloson
Sabourin is 6-8-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .898 save percentage during the 2008-09 NHL campaign.
Despite acquiring Sabourin, it's expected Tambellini will either trade or waive the 28-year-old.
"He's an NHL goaltender, but we made a decision that our two goalies are set for now with Rollie and J.D. [Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers]," Tambellini said. "We'll take the next couple of days to reevaluate and see what we can come up with. I spoke with Danny [Saturday] and explained the situation so he'll stay in Pittsburgh for the next few days until we'll clear on what needs to take place next."
Penguins starter Marc-André Fleury is having an average season — 14-11-2 record with a 2.94 GAA — and the hope in Pittsburgh is that the addition of Garon can give Fleury a bit of a push.
Stone, 23, has nine goals and 28 points in 38 games this season with the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Stone was originally selected by the Penguins in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2003 draft. In eight career NHL games, Stone has recorded one assist and seven penalty minutes.
"He's a gritty, big forward that plays centre or wing," Tambellini said of Stone. "He's an Alberta boy. There are people that still believe he can play in the NHL, so we're excited to get him. He'll report to [Edmonton's AHL affiliate] Springfield and join them hopefully [Saturday]."
Garon has played parts of eight seasons with Edmonton, the Montreal Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, while Sabourin has played the past four seasons with the Penguins, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.