Desharnais to Oilers, Oduya returns to Blackhawks

by | Feb 28, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 10 comments

The Montreal Canadiens trade David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Brandon Davidson.

The Montreal Canadiens trade center David Desharnais to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Brandon Davidson. The Canadiens also retained $700K of Desharnais’ $3.5 million cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise that Desharnais, an unrestricted free agent,  is on his way out of Montreal. His production steadily declined from his career-best 52 point season in 2013-14. He missed time earlier this season to a knee injury and in recent games was a frequent healthy scratch.

The Oilers were reportedly seeking a third-line center who was strong in the faceoff circle. Desharnais is ok in that department (47.8 percent). However, the Oilers were looking at big guys like Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle before their recent trades to Minnesota and Toronto respectively. Having lost out on those guys, perhaps the Oilers opted for speed and offensive skills. Perhaps they can plug Desharnais into their second line and move Ryan Nugent-Hopkins down to the third line.

The Habs, meanwhile, acquire their second defenseman in as many days, having dealt for Jordie Benn yesterday. Davidson, 25, is in only his second full NHL season. He missed over 30 games earlier this season to injury. The 6’2″, 210 pounder has good size and plays a physical game.

The Canadiens were lacking skilled depth at center before trading Desharnais to Edmonton. With this move, one has to assume the Habs aren’t done dealing. Having added Davidson, perhaps they intend to shop another blueliner in hopes of adding a center. 

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Dallas Stars in exchange for minor-league forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. Should the Blackhawks reach the 2017 Western Conference Final and Oduya play in at 50 percent or more of their games, that pick becomes a third rounder.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oduya spent nearly four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2011-12 to 2014-15, helping them win two Stanley Cups. Signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year deal, it’s clear he no longer had a future with the Stars after this season. He’s now at the tail end of his career, but the 35-year-old Oduya should be a solid depth addition to the Hawks as they look to add another championship. 

Earlier today, the Ottawa Senators acquired forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolilna Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 third round pick.


  1. as an Oilers fan i’m not sure if i should be happy or pissed off. leaning toward not liking this deal

    • I don’t like anything about this deal unless another move is made pre deadline . Seems strange to me at the moment

  2. Desharnais at 2nd C? Bad idea. If that worked Montreal would’ve kept him. They’ve been trying that for years now and it never worked. If you’re a Oilers fan like I am, be pissed. I’m from the Montreal area and I can confirm Desharnais isn’t better than 0.3 PPG. Montreal wins this deal easily.

    • I’m an Oil fan as well but Davidson had dropped to 7 on the depth chart with Nurse back and he was a goner after this season anyways as we would have to leave him exposed to protect our top defenseman. I’m no Descharnais fan but there is no reason to be pissed off. Both teams will be benefit from this.

  3. Lol. I was looking for your take on the Sens picking up Stalberg.

    Thats all you got for me lyle?

    Haha. No worries.

  4. Duchene to montreal. They got D to trade.

    I think in edmontons case. The cost wasnt high and the main thing is, is that it allows them to put Draistle on MacD’s wing.

    • I agree. Need a strong draw man especially in defensive zone. Once that is established the offensive draws come naturally.

  5. They would have lost Davidson at the expansion draft anyways

  6. Habs win this deal hands down. Aside from Davidson being lost to Vegas, there is no real reason to make this deal. Not sure what PC is thinking here

  7. Eberle and 3rd for Strome and de Haan.
    Nurse and RNH and 1st for Duchene, Rantanen and 2nd.