The Edmonton Oilers will do what’s right for the organization.

The Oil will do what’s right for the fans.

Edmonton will do nothing at all.

Nothing, to help turn this team’s unpredictably horrendous season around.

There will be trades, mostly to change the culture of the team, which means veteran players beware…your time in Edmonton may soon be over.

This isn’t another run at the endless speculation that has followed with the Oilers’ continued disappointment.

There will be changes.

Trade is the most ‘friendly’ way, but it is possible Edmonton will take a far more aggressive approach and bury players in the minors, or wait until the end of the season and buy out contracts, if necessary.

That’s a very harsh way to change the culture, but the team you see today will look much different by the end of the summer.

Names like Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Fernando Pisani, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano are familiar to those who closely monitor the trade circles, however with the exception of Cogliano – who many outside of Alberta believe is a mere team change away from being a very good number two centre – most in the group assembled above are a tough sell.

Souray has two years left and a cap hit of $5.4 million.

As damning as that number is, there will be teams with interest.

Buffalo is believed to be in the market for a defenceman to help their power play. However, armed with a no-move clause, Souray won’t be shuffling off to Buffalo…he just won’t.



  1. cam7777 says:

    I don't know that the situation is as dire as everyone makes it out to be.  I mean, it's pretty bad, but a lot of the problems are going to be solved pretty quickly.  Some of their players do have trade value, and so they can turn over a new page fairly quickly if all the stars align properly for them.  Players that have value:

    1.) Patrick O'Sullivan

    Is he a tad overpaid?  Sure he is.  But he's no where near "Shawn Horcoff overpaid".  Someone who needs scoring depth, and would otherwise be unsuccessful in free agency, might look to give up a 2nd round pick or so to help them with a playoff run.  I'm talking about teams like Nashville and Minnesota, but even teams like New Jersey, or the Islanders could have interest in him.  He would be fairly cheap as far as acquisition price.

    2.) Sheldon Souray

    Sure he is overpaid as well, but still a pretty solid defensemen.  Is there any chance Los Angeles wouldn't like to have Souray on their back-end?  I doubt it.  The Capitals were rumored interested earlier too (although apparently Souray doesn't want to go East).  The Ducks might look at Souray too, for a post-Niedermayer leading man – his two remaining years would give Whitney, Sbisa, Wisniewski, and some of their prospects a chance to grow into their roles.

    3.) Ethan Moreau

    Moreau's leadership is falling on deaf ears in Edmonton, but the value of a good, gritty, checking line forward should not be overlooked for the playoffs.  Again, someone on the fringe, who struggles in free agency, could look to land themselves a solid veteran at an affordable price.  His two million is not an absurd price at all.

    4.) Andrew Cogliano

    Obviously this guy has not performed for the team that tried to trade him all summer long – Shocking!  A lot of teams are probably interested in him, but a lot of teams probably also smell blood.  It's a no brainer that Cogliano will probably wait until the summer to look at contracts given the way he's been treated, and with Edmonton's cap situation, they could be hard pressed to take a position of strength in any sort of negotiations.  Perhaps it is better to deal Cogliano at the deadline for a lesser return than his actual value might be.  If someone offered a 2nd round pick, I'd say, take Robert Nilsson off our hands, and you've got a deal.

    And then there's the players without value:

    1.) Robert Nilsson

    Simply not good enough production at the NHL level.  Every team has 10 guys that can put up his numbers, and provide what he does, and probably for league minimum.  His two million dollars is an enormous cap hit for what he is bringin to the table.  Perhaps packaging him with a cheap young asset is the best option for getting rid of him – unless of course the Oilers can afford to just bury him next year.

    2.) Steve Staios

    Has fallen off his game quite a bit.  You never know, someone could step up and take a flyer out on this veteran d-man, but I doubt it.  The good news is that the contract is up in 2011, so they only need to suffer for one more year, or try to force Staios to retire by throwing him in the minors this summer.  Or, they could just buy him at a very reasonable 0.733 cap hit for 2 years. 

    I think it goes without saying that Ferando Pisani has no value to anyone.

    So without further ado:

    To LAK: Souray
    To EDM: Teubert, 2nd in 2010
    (Cap space might be the real return on a deal like this)

    To NSH; O'Sullivan
    To EDM: 2nd in 2010

    To COL: Moreau
    To EDM: 2nd in 2010

    To TOR: Cogliano, Nilsson
    To EDM: Mitchell, 2nd in 2011 (TOR)
    (again, eating Nilsson's deal is the real return for EDM)

    -resign Gagner, 2 years, 3.6 million
    -resign Brule, 2 years, 2.5 million
    -resign Jacques, 2 years, 1.6 million
    -buyout Steve Staios, 2 years, 0.733 million

    And then of course, you have to assume that Taylor Hall is headed to Edmonton at the draft, and you have a base that looks like this next year:

    L1: Dustin Penner, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky
    L2: Taylor Hall, Shawn Horcoff, Jordan Eberle
    L4: Jean Jacques, Gilbert Brule, Zack Stortini

    D1: Lubomir Visnovsky, Denis Grebeshkov
    D2: Tom Gilbert, Colten Teubert
    D3: Ladislav Smid,

    GT: Nikolai Khabbibulin, Dubnyk/Delauriers

    CAP HIT – 43.8 million

    Now this is a team with a solid goalie, and a solid young backup.  They have a few keepers on their defensive corps – Gilbert, Grebeshkov and Teubert.  They have a lot of scoring talent in their top six.  They have a solid 4th line that can chip in and score goals when called upon.  And, they have about 13 million to add a solid checking line, and a quality defensemen in free agency.

    I suggest taking a look at snagging either Braydon Coburn from Philadelphia (going to be tight for them to retain everyone), and Paul Ranger from Tampay (who could be cheap with his leaving the team for personal reasons).  Zybnek Michalek might be a good guy to pair with Ladislav Smid.  

    Matthew Lombardi might be a good option to center the third line and replace Andrew Cogliano.  He could probably be had on the cheap since he's having a fairly weak season.  Outside of that though, they have to use some acquired picks to either go after a big name player to play in the top six, or a pair of big strong wingers to give the team some variety in their attack.  Robbing Dustin Byfuglien from Chicago might be pretty simple, and Ryane Clowe is supposedly available in San Jose.

    I think a competent GM could do a lot with the options available in Edmonton.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    I like the Toronto deal. Hate to see Mitchell go as he seems hard working, however Cogs has a ton of upside.

    LA deal could work for both teams.

  3. wayne2 says:

    Personaly as a sens fan I like Cogliano.

    To Ottawa:Andrew Cogliano
    To Edmonton:Brian Lee + Peter Regin

  4. wayne2 says:

    Another possibility is:

    To Ottawa:Andrew Cogliano
    To Edmonton:Brian Lee + Ryan Shannon

  5. Seabass533 says:

    Another player that is not mentioned who could be traded is Dustin Penner.  Sure he is having a great year but he was horrible for the first two years.  The best time to trade a player is when he is doing well.  This is what will bring you the highest return.  Here is my suggestion:

    To Montreal:

    Dustin Penner

    To Edmonton:

    Andrei Kostytsin
    Sergei Kostytsin

    You can tweek this trade by adding a lower draft pick or even adding Halak from Montreal and another throw in for Edmonton.  This trade make sense for Montreal in that they are getting a much needed physical presence on the Plekanec-Cammalleri line. 

    This trade also make sense for Edmonton in that they are getting two very young and talented players.  Andrei is a proven goal scorer with much upside and Sergei in young and very talented.  He has been struggling in Montreal and could use a change of scenary.  Who knows, once reunited to Sam Gagner, these two could do wonders for the Oilers for years and years to come. 

    Any comments?

  6. broc says:

    I wouldn't even give Peter Regin by himself for Cogliano.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    c. Edmonton will do nothing at all.
    They've known for weeks that they don't have a goalie. There are lots of opportunities to pick one up but they haven't. They have resigned to the fact that sucking = a good prospect for the future so they aren't about to mess that up. Edmonton fans will still support them no matter how bad they are so attendance isn't an issue.

  8. cam7777 says:

    Only problem is that the Oilers need that size as badly as the Habs do, if not worse.

  9. JannettyTheRocker says:

    It's pretty sad that as an Oiler's fan, I'm cheering for my team to lose. I never thought we'd get to this, but we are so far back in the standings, and our team sucks so bad, that there's no possibility of us making a comeback and sneaking in to the playoffs. Therefore, I'd be happy if the Oil lose every game until the end of the regular season, as we desperately need a "Franchise Player", and that player will hopefully be Taylor Hall.

    As far as trading players, I don't think we need to blow the whole thing up. We have a good nucleus of young players currently, and with the likes of Eberle, Paarvi-Svensson, and possibly Hall coming in, things will only get better. The one thing I think we need is a new leadership group, as the current group of Moreau, Staios, Horcoff, Pisani, etc. aren't getting it done. Clearly we're not moving Horcoff, which is fine for me. He's just having a bad season, but he's still valueable on the pk & on faceoffs. I'd also keep Lubomir Visnovsky and put the "C" on his jersey. Then I'd move Moreau, Souray, Staios, and let Pisani walk after the season. The last move I'd make is offering Cogliano to Vancouver for Cory Schneider, or Los Angeles for Jonathan Bernier, or go after another top goalie prospect. That way hopefully when Khabibulin's contract expires in another three seasons, we'll have a younger goalie to step-in as starter.

    All-in-all, every franchise goes through tough times at some point in their history. We've been a mediocre team for the past couple of decades for the most part, other than the dream-run to the cup finals in 2006. It's about damn time they blow this thing up and refresh the team. As an Oiler diehard fan, I'll always support them and cheer for them. I just hope they get it right this time.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:


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