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11-27-2012, 12:30 AM
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Edmonton Oilers add grit and offensive blueline flare in deadline deals
Oilers deal Lander & Kulikov

Just hours before the NHL 2017 trade deadline, Oilers GM Letwiniuk announced two trades. The first trade sent Oilers Anton Lander to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Boyd Gordon, 2017 4th round pick, and a 6th round pick in 2017.
In the Oilers 2nd trade of the day, defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was sent packing to the Capitals and leftwing prospect Johan Landeskog in exchange for offensive defenseman Mike Green.

Blackhawks Acquire:
Anton Lander

Oilers Acquire:
Boyd Gordon
2017 4th round pick
2017 6th round pick:

Capitals Acquire:
Dmitry Kulikov
Johan Landeskog

Oilers Acquire:
Mike Green

Moments after the deal had been struck, we had been able to get a quick phone call with Travis Letwiniuk.

"It sucks having to let players go. Anton had played and worked great for us, he was able to play whatever position we needed and he never complained." Says Oilers GM. "Sometimes you need to give a little to get what you need back. In the (Chicago) trade, we were able to add much needed grit down onto our 4th line, plus with the entry draft coming up, we can retool at the end of the year to help the team grow into a cup contender. You don't win playoff games skating like a princess out there. You need to be able to grind out the tough games when needed in order to push through."

"In the Washington deal, one thing the Oilers needed to upgrade going into the final stretch of the season was their offense's numbers coming from our blueline. Landing Mike green allows us to have a stronger powerplay, without giving up much on the defensive side. It took awhile to get the deal done, but in the end I was willing to let Johan go. We might not have had the opportunity to see him thrive in orange and blue, but we hope to see him have success over in Washington."

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