BY RYAN ABER
The National Hockey League’s trade deadline’s affect on the Oilers organization will be felt more with the Barons for the time being.
Edmonton traded Barons defenseman Shawn Belle to Colorado and received a pair of defensemen in deals will report to the Barons.
For Belle, the Oilers acquired Kevin Montgomery from the Avalanche.
In 51 games for AHL Lake Erie, Montgomery had 2 goals and 17 assists and was minus-2.
In another deal, the Oilers acquired Colten Teubert and a pair of draft picks from Los Angeles for Dustin Penner.
Teubert has spent the season with Manchester, with 2 goals and 8 assists and plus-7.
Teubert was the No. 13 overall pick by the Kings in 2008.
When Zack Stortini cleared waivers in early February, Belle’s days appeared numbered.
The move put the Barons over the American Hockey League’s veteran limit, necessitating that one veteran sit out each game.
“We needed to make a move with Clear Day coming up,” Barons general manager Bill Scott said. “And I think we got a pretty good, young defenseman back in Montgomery.
“This makes next week easier for us.”
The AHL’s 22-man Clear Day rosters, which set playoff eligibility, are due next Monday at 2 p.m. Central.
Belle had struggled since returning from his second call-up to Edmonton in early January.
He had just one assist in eight games while dealing with a pair of injuries.
Since Stortini’s arrival, Belle had missed the team’s last nine games with a lower-body injury but had recently returned to practice.
Belle had three goals and 17 assists in 39 games with the Barons.
The Barons resume play at home Friday against Abbotsford.