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The Edmonton Oilers have traded a forward and no, his name isn't Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth or Ales Hemsky.

Centre Ryan O'Marra was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for defenceman Bryan Rodney, the Oilers announced Thursday. Rodney, 27, has played solely in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch this season, scoring 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) through 41 games.

Overall, the former OHL defenceman has appeared in 33 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has a goal and 12 assists and was an AHL all-star in 2010 and 2011.

O'Marra, who has dressed for just seven games with Edmonton, has spent 40 games in the AHL this season and has 17 points.

The deal adds defensive depth to the Oilers' farm team.

Hemsky's name continues to be circulated as the Oiler forward most likely to switch teams at the NHL trade deadline.

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