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Oilers add Athanasiou, Green, Ennis in 3 deadline deals

Field Level Media
25 Feb 2020, 08:19 GMT+10

The Edmonton Oilers were busy at the NHL trade deadline Monday, acquiring three players in three separate trades, hoping to improve in both zones.

The club acquired speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou and veteran defenseman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings in a pair of trades earlier in the day, then added forward and Edmonton native Tyler Ennis from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021.

Athanasiou joined minor league forward Ryan Kuffner in heading to Edmonton in exchange for center Sam Gagner and second-round picks in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

Green was sent to the Oilers for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick, reportedly a fourth-rounder in 2020 or a third-rounder in 2021.

The Oilers confirmed all three deals.

Athanasiou will join captain Connor McDavid in adding to the considerable high-octane attack of the Oilers.

The 25-year-old Athanasiou has collected 10 goals and 14 assists in 46 games this season with the Red Wings, although his minus-45 rating leaves plenty to be desired.

Athanasiou is one year removed from a breakout season in 2018-19, when he posted career-high totals in goals (30), assists (24), points (54) and games played (76).

Athanasiou has recorded 83 goals, 71 assists and 113 penalty minutes in 294 career games since being selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

Kuffner, 23, did not record a point in 10 NHL games last season with the Red Wings.

Gagner's second stint with the Oilers didn't go as well as the first. He has totaled 10 goals and 12 assists in 61 games over the last two seasons, including five and seven, respectively, in 36 games in 2019-20.

Gagner, 30, has collected 163 goals and 295 assists in 838 career games with the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. He began his career in Edmonton after being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

As part of the deal, the Oilers will retain 10 percent of Gagner's salary, Edmonton confirmed.

Green, 34, is in the final season of a two-year contract signed in June 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The two-time All-Star has three goals and eight assists in 48 games this season. A first-round pick by Washington in 2004, he has 501 points (150 goals, 351 assists) in 878 games with the Capitals (2005-15) and Red Wings (2015-20).

"You can never have enough defensemen," Oilers general manager Ken Holland said. "Obviously I know Mike Green from my days in Detroit, and his strengths are his ability to skate and his ability to move the puck."

Green was a Norris Trophy finalist in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 76 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brodziak, 35, has missed the entire 2019-20 season with a back injury. He has 296 points (129 goals, 167 assists) in 917 games with the Oilers (2005-09, 2018-19), Minnesota Wild (2009-15) and St. Louis Blues (2015-18).

Ennis, 30, will play for his fifth club in three-plus seasons. He signed a one-year $800,000 deal with Ottawa in the offseason and had 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 61 games. Those are his best totals across the board since the 2014-15 season in Buffalo.

Ennis has 236 points (97 goals, 139 assists) in 419 career games with Buffalo (2009-17), Minnesota (2017-18), Toronto (2018-19) and Ottawa (2019-20).

The Oilers (33-22-7) moved into second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.

--Field Level Media

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