Perception different for Edmonton Oilers after trades

Goalie Devan Dubnyk walks out from the dressing room during Edmonton Oilers training camp at Rexall...

Goalie Devan Dubnyk walks out from the dressing room during Edmonton Oilers training camp at Rexall Place in Edmonton Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

LAS VEGAS - The odds haven’t changed here on the Edmonton Oilers winning the Stanley Cup this year despite their double-down on deals Wednesday.

But the odds on the Oilers having some hope have changed.

At this point, even changing the deck chairs on the Titanic, if that’s the worst-case scenario, is preferable for the mental health of the fan base right now.

So there’s that.

Trading a previous first-round, 14th-overall draft pick to the Nashville Predators for a fourth-line, 32-year-old Matt Hendricks — who is making $1.85 million a year with three years to go on his contract — certainly doesn’t look like a steal of a deal for the Oilers. It is, however, a decent deal for Nashville, short term at least, with starter Pekka Rinne continuing to rehab from arthroscopic hip surgery.

But at the same time, trading a third-round draft choice to obtain goaltender Ben Scrivens from the goalie-deep Los Angeles Kings to create cap room at the other end, has the po


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