It was a year ago that Craig MacTavish left his post as the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of hockey operations to supplant Steve Tambellini as the team’s general manager.

There was talk then of bold moves and the need for more complimentary pieces; now, there’s a defence that is still in need of a renovation and some fixes needed up front.

To MacTavish’s credit, he hasn’t been idle. Of the 64 trades that were made in the NHL, since training camp, the Oilers were in on 12 of the deals — three more than the Florida Panthers, who were the second busiest in the loop followed by the Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks with seven each.

Some of the moves were unavoidable — for example, the peddling of defenceman Ladislav Smid to Calgary to free up some cap space for the acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov as well as the deal that sent pending unrestricted free agent Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators.

Some were just required.

Flipping Linus Omark to the Buffalo Sabres and Jason LaBarbera to the Blackhawks were deals that freed up roster spots but did not net the Oilers any tangible returns; the acquisition of Matt Hendricks, on the other hand, brought the team more experience, more sandpaper.