The Edmonton Oilers retooled their goaltending on Wednesday, trading Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks and acquiring goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2014 third-round pick.
The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
The Kings acquired Scrivens, along with Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick, from the Maple Leafs last summer in a trade that saw goaltender Jonathan Bernier sent to Toronto. The Spruce Grove, AB, native - who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer - has seven wins in 19 games this season.
With the trade, the Kings called up goaltender Martin Jones from Manchester of the AHL on Wednesday afternoon to be the backup for Jonathan Quick.
Dubnyk was once considered the present and future in goal for Edmonton, and he went into the season as the starter. "It hasn't really set in to be honest," Dubnyk said in a team statement. "It's a new opportunity for me and I'm really excited to go to Nashville."
Struggles early on led to the Oilers signing veteran free agent Ilya Bryzgalov, who was bought out last summer by the Philadelphia Flyers. In 32 games this season, the 27-year-old Dubnyk is 11-17-2 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.
"This organization gave me the best opportunity of a lifetime in the NHL and I'm very grateful for that," he added.
Dubnyk, set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the second Oilers goalie traded this year. They sent Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks last month for future considerations.
Hendricks, 32, has two goals and two assists in 44 games this season. He signed a $7.4 million, four-year deal with Nashville in the off-season.
Dubnyk enters an uncertain situation with the Predators, who are still without injured franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne. Marek Mazanec and Carter Hutton have split time in goal in Rinne's absence.
The Predators have not given a time frame on when they expect Rinne, who has a salary-cap hit of $7 million through the 2018-19 season, to return.