We've looked at seven post-dynasty Oilers -- Mike Grier, Todd Marchant, Janne Niinimaa, Dustin Penner, Jason Smith, Ryan Smyth, and Doug Weight -- and each of the authors here has found at least some commenter support for each selection.
So we want to hear from you. Who did we miss? Who is your favorite post-dynasty Oiler and why? Pick any player that didn't win a cup in Edmonton and tell us your story about him below. If it's in-depth, or you've got a special story to tell, use the FanPost feature and we'll try and get you some front page space.
Aside from Radek Dvorak, the one player missing from the list thus far is Ales Hemsky. But the beauty of playing in a joint like this is the ability to write whatever, whenever. I'm sure we'll find some time to talk about Hemsky this year.
It struck me that every player on the list besides Penner was unceremoniously dumped from Edmonton. After the jump, I'll look at the return from each player and the provenance of that return.
- Mike Grier - Grier was traded to the Capitals in 2002 for a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick in 2003. The 2nd round pick was later sent to the Islanders with Janne Niinimaa for Raffi Torres and Brad Isbister. The Oilers used the 3rd round pick on Zack Stortini.
- Todd Marchant - Left as an unrestricted free agent.
- Janne Niinimaa - Traded to the Islanders with the 2nd round pick from the Grier deal for Raffi Torres and Brad Isbister. Raffi Torres was traded to Columbus for Gilbert Brule. Isbister was traded to Boston for a 4th round pick in 2006. The 4th round pick was traded back to the Bruins for Yan Stastny. Stastny was traded, along with Marty Reasoner and a 2nd round pick back to Boston for Sergei Samsonov. Samsonov left as a free agent after the Oilers made the Stanley Cup Finals.
- Jason Smith - Traded, along with Joffrey Lupul to the Flyers in exchange for Geoff Sanderson, Joni Pitkanen and a 3rd round pick. The Oilers traded Joni Pitkanen to the Hurricanes for Erik Cole, then traded Cole back to the Hurricanes along with a 5th round pick for Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round pick. The Oilers traded the 2nd round pick for Ales Kotalik, who left at season's end as a free agent. Patrick O'Sullivan was traded to the Coyotes for Jim Vandermeer. The 3rd round selection was used on Cameron Abney.
- Ryan Smyth - Traded to the Islanders for Robert Nilsson, Ryan O'Marra, and a 1st round pick. Robert Nilsson was bought out. The Oilers used the 1st round pick on Alex Plante.
- Doug Weight - Traded to the Blues with Michael Riesen for Jochen Hecht, Jan Horacek and Marty Reasoner. Jochen Hecht traded to the Sabres for two 2nd round picks. The Oilers selected Jeff Deslauriers and Jarret Stoll with the picks. Reasoner was traded, along with Yan Stastny and a 2nd round pick to Boston for Sergei Samsonov. Jarret Stoll was traded, along with Matt Greene, to Los Angeles for Lubomir Visnovsky. Visnovsky was traded to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney and a 6th round pick. The Oilers used that selection on Brandon Davidson.
There you have it. In some weird, twisted way, the Oilers managed to turn our six favorite post-dynasty players into Gilbert Brule, Zack Stortini, a playoff run from Sergei Samsonov, a regular season run from Ales Kotalik, Jim Vandermeer, Cameron Abney, Ryan O'Marra, Alex Plante, Ryan Whitney and Brandon Davidson.