Reaction To The Tom Gilbert For Nick Schultz Trade

Feb 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Adam Burish (16) is cross checked by Minnesota Wild defenseman Nick Schultz (55) and draws the penalty during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Nick Schultz Acquired From Minnesota For Tom Gilbert - Oil On Whyte
Let’s not beat around the bush here and call it straight: I like the acquisition of Nick Schultz, I’m just not happy at all that it took Tom Gilbert to get him.

Understanding the Gilbert Trade - Oil Acumen
Unless the Oilers see something that I don't, I have a hard time counting this trade as a win.

Deadline - Black Dog Hates Skunks
Schultz isn't magic beans but Minnesota gets better player. Gilbert plays tough opposition, more minutes, has more offence, blocks shots, even hits more, if those stats float your boat. Not a horrific trade but a step backward.

Rock Steady - OilersNation
The Oilers will miss Gilbert's ability to move the puck and his defensive acumen. In Schultz, it looks like the defensive side of the game is covered, but the offense is gone. It's a strange deal based on the numbers

Monday Morning Standings - Putting on the Foil
- Tom Gilbert got traded. I’m not a fan of the deal. Others are. I can’t agree with you guys cause then we’ll both be wrong.

Sail On, Bloomington Jaguar - Lowetide
Gilbert arrived in the NHL with the Oilers as a pretty solid hire and quickly established himself as an effective player. He could move the puck by pass or carry, he could hit the tape on the fly with aplomb, he had good instincts in the offensive zone and improved his defense markedly as time wore on. He became a "complete" player type, able to handle the most important minutes in all disciplines for the Edmonton Oilers.

Western Conference at the Trade Deadline - Backhand Shelf
Schultz is a good defenceman, but acquiring him straight-up for Gilbert is just an awful, awful trade for the Oilers.

Chuck Fletcher speaks about today's two Wild trades, and about the future - StarTribune.com
When the Minnesota Wild played Edmonton this year, Tom Gilbert was often playing on [a shutdown] line with Ladislav Smid. He’s a guy that can play in any situation, he moves the puck well and he does have an offensive component. But I don’t know if I’d characterize him purely as an offensive defenseman. I don’t think that’s fair to his talents.

By the Numbers: Western Conference Trade Deadline Recap - Fear The Fin
I like the deal for Minnesota but this is a step backwards for Edmonton in the perpetual rebuild.

Numbers Game - TSN
The bottom line is, individual value aside, that the Wild and Oilers both add players with skill sets that they sorely need.

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