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What all does MacTavish have to work with? If we eliminate players either unlikely to be dealt or with very little trade value from the equation, what’s left?
An obviously frustrated MacTavish said last week he is willing to trade Edmonton’s 2014 first-round draft pick. Undoubtedly, he’ll be looking for a big centre or a game-changing defenceman. But there are a couple of things to keep an eye on here. First, is the better play to wait until after the draft lottery to see the true value of that selection? Second, Edmonton considered a similar move last June, only to keep the seventh-overall pick and draft Darnell Nurse, who is an exciting prospect for the organization.
When Edmonton Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish says he’d love “a stud defenceman”, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who he means. Gimme a W, gimme an E, gimme a B, gimme an E, gimme an R.
That would be Shea Weber. One of the three or four best defencemen in the game, even if he’s having a pedestrian season (minus 8, eight points, 26 1/2 minutes a game) by his standards in Nashville.
Oilers offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the Draft and couldn't close the deal. Trades in season are much harder to make.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 14, 2013
With the Oilers’ first-rounder likely to be very good in 2014, what return do you think they’d get if they traded it?
I heard the Nashville Predators poked around Bryzgalov, too. But that was denied like a layup attempt over Dikembe Mutombo.
One of the rumoured goalies Edmonton checked out was Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks. A couple of GMs thought there was no way this would happen because Ducks GM Bob Murray tries hard not to trade within his own (Pacific) division. Apparently, some of the offers for Bobby Ryan were from that area. Murray wanted no part of that and Ryan was traded to Ottawa.
Moving Smid leaves a big hole on Edmonton’s blueline.
“Ladi Smid is a great individual, a hard player, a heart and soul guy and we thank him for his commitment to our team,” Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins told the Edmonton Journal.
Nail Yakupov‘s agent, Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov, will reportedly head to Edmonton to discuss how his client is being used by the Oilers, according to ESPN’s Craig Custance.
What’s more, he’s also willing to explore the option of a trade if the club is unhappy with his client.
According to the rumors, the Oilers have a thing for Simmonds. They need size and grit and those two features are why Simmonds said he was born to wear orange and black when he was traded to Philly in the summer of 2011.
“We were out-battled along the walls and out-sized,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said after the Flyers’ 4-2 win Saturday. “We spent a little too much time in our zone. It’s hard to come out of that.”
Craig MacTavish said rumours of trading Eberle are ridiculous … #Oilers
— Derek Van Diest (@SUNdvandiest) November 9, 2013
Here’s how it looks from here: the Oilers are clearing $3.5 million off their roster which opens up room to add another position player in a trade–maybe a $4.5 million defenceman like Philadelphia Flyer Braydon Coburn, somebody they were after at the draft in June.
Maybe they go after a more aggressive forward like Philly’s Wayne Simmonds. In that case, they have Ales Hemsky to dangle in any trade because he’s an unrestricted free-agent in July.