by Lisa Brown on 02/16/12 at 10:30 PM ET
The Edmonton Oilers have announced a minor trade Thursday afternoon sending centreman Ryan O’Marra to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Bryan Rodney. From the Oilers’ press release:
Rodney, 27, has played in 41 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch collecting 20 points (5G, 15A)
The 6’0”, 200-pound rearguard has played 33 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes scoring a goal and adding 12 assists. In 280 AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Albany River Rats, Charlotte Checkers and the Crunch, Rodney has recorded 156 points (29G, 127A). He was also named an AHL All-Star in 2010 and 2011.
Rodney, who is from London, Ontario, completed a five-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career in 2005, totaling 234 points (47G, 187A) and 224 penalty minutes in 311 regular-season games with Ottawa, Kingston and London. He also won the 2005 Memorial Cup with London.
This move, with what I know doesn’t make much sense. O’Marra has been an integral part of the Oklahoma City Baron’s winning PK. Especially not when tweets about Rodney like this have made the rounds:
Re: Rodney RT @Allovimo He couldn’t defend himself out of wet paper bag. He’s directly caused about 10 goals this season that I can remember
Re: Rodney RT @Allovimo @AHLBarons Most of the time, it appears he just completely steps aside and lets shooters at the goalie pointblank.
But, there were also tweets like this:
“Bryan Rodney is an excellent puck-mover with a snappy, crisp pass and a good eye for finding the open man. ” –
@AHLBarons His +/- was never great, but his point totals were usually higher to offset. Maybe he just wasn’t happy here & needed new system
Every team feels that they can fix, or work with whatever shortcomings made the previous team part ways with the player. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.
The Barons still have depth and must have seen a need for veteran defenceman, especially the way that many d-men have fared in Edmonton this year.
Bruce McCurdy with the Cult of Hockey has put in the leg work to paint a better picture of what this trade may mean. McCurdy says :
At first blush Rodney’s situation has things in common with that of Corey Potter when Tambellini signed him last summer. Relative unknown rearguard at the advanced age of 27, has been on the cusp for awhile, and perhaps has improved to the point where he can hold his own in the bigs. Jury’s still out on Potter on that score, but it’s a decent superficial comp.
Clearly this is a minor trade, but could be a sign of things to come; the Oilers could be quite active over the coming weeks.
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