Oilers send Brodziak to Wild
The Edmonton Oilers traded forward Kyle Brodziak to the Minnesota Wild during the second day of the NHL entry draft on Saturday, a deal that also included an exchange of draft picks.
Brodziak, 25, has played all 175 of his NHL games with Edmonton since being chosen by the Oilers in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. The 6-foot-2 centre has scored 26 goals — including two short-handed and six game-winners — to go along with 33 assists.
"We do need to change our lineup a little bit, we have too many bodies at forward," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told The Canadian Press. "We're willing to give some people a chance that maybe they haven't had before."
Brodziak becomes a restricted free agent next week and earned $500,000 US last season. If another club made an offer to Brodziak, the Wild would have the right to match.
The Oilers received fourth- and fifth-round picks and sent a sixth-rounder to Minnesota as part of the deal.
Edmonton used those picks to select forward Kyle Bigos of the British Columbia Hockey League and Olivier Roy, goaltender from Cape Breton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.