Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers
With the Toronto Maple Leafs scratching John-Michael Liles, it’s clear they’re trying to shop him. The arrival of Mike Kostka from their AHL farm team, makes Liles redundant. Question is why he was signed to that four-year, $15.5-million contract last. His $3.8-million salary-cap hit makes a trade tough, but teams can work deals now to pick up a percentage of salary.
It’s painfully clear that the current Oilers can be pushed out of games. It’s not that they won’t go to the areas where the heavy traffic is (along the boards and especially in front of the net where 8 out of 10 goal are scored) but it’s a matter of they can’t get there. The heavy lineup of St. Louis leaned on them. Minnesota, a middling team, battled harder than them and went where you score goals.
The Oilers aren’t soft, but they sorely need a Lucic type player (good luck getting that exact makeup) or a David Clarkson, who is tough to handle and can score, or a Wayne Simmonds or a Scott Hartnell.
Whitney, 30, is the mobile, offensive defenseman the Flyers crave, but he has been a healthy scratch recently. Hemsky, a 29-year-old winger, has thrice broken 65 points scoring in his NHL career, all with the Oilers.
Jeff Petry, 25, is also an intriguing name out of Edmonton. He’s younger, and more expensive than Whitney, but has a decent mix of size and footspeed. Plus, he’d be a solid No. 4 on a defense corps full of third pairing-type players.
The NHL trade deadline is April 3.
“The offers are not coming,” MacLean says.
Former NHL coach and general manager Doug MacLean was on the Mark Spector show on Team 1260 on Wednesday, talking about his surprise that there doesn’t seem to much of a market for Oilers d-man Ryan Whitney, who has fallen to 7th or 8th on Edmonton’s depth chart.
”Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said. ” I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney. I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?
“And then I heard the other day whispers that he could go on waivers. That can’t be true. But I did hear whispers of it on the weekend from a couple of agents and it shocked me. But it probably isn’t true, but as they say in P.E.I: I’m not telling you it’s the truth, I’m just telling you what I heard.“
– See more at: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/02/26/sportsnets-doug-maclean-shocked-that-other-teams-arent-that-interested-in-ryan-whitney/#sthash.IkIiAdxS.dpuf
Just two points out of the playoffs, and with a respectable minus-2 goal differential, the New York Islanders are nevertheless seen as one of the league’s most logical sellers on deadline day. They are a young team, a team with a tight budget, and a team with a bunch of pending unrestricted free agents, so that’s understandable. Two players in particular – defencemen Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky – have been the subject of frequent trade rumours.
What are the Islanders plans for that duo? Newsday’s Arthur Staple provided some illumination on Saturday night.
Has Edmonton Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini called Murray on Ryan Whitney?
We don’t know if Whitney will be a healthy scratch for a fourth time in the last seven games when Colorado Avalanche are here Saturday night, but if Whitney is in the lineup, how long will he be in the lineup? Right now he’s in rotation mode with Corey Potter and Mark Fistric. He has to win back the trust of the coaching staff or he’ll get traded.
Asked if he thinks his future in Edmonton is secure, Whitney said he doubts it.
“I would have to say right now it’s not looking that way. They’re paying me a lot of money and I’m not playing. I like it here a lot. I really like the guys and I like playing here but I don’t think they necessarily like me right now. I’m just frustrated.
“I’m not going to (ask for a trade). I think they’d be looking to do it more than I would. Why would they be paying me all this to not play? I believe I can help a lot of teams. I hope it’s here, I really like it here.”
Ryan Smyth and Ryan Whitney appear to be the healthy scratches tonight.
— Dan Tencer (@dantencer) February 12, 2013
You would have to think that they Oilers will be looking to trade Whitney in the very near future as he clearly does not fit into their plans.
“Ridiculous.’’ So says Panthers GM Dale Tallon when it comes to rumors that he’s looking to deal talented No. 1 pivot Stephen Weiss. Nonetheless, the chatter won’t go away, and Weiss, the No. 4 pick in the 2001 draft, could be the next big cat out of Sunrise, following ex-linemate Nathan Horton. If Tallon is looking to make a move, the Oilers will get aggressive in a bid because they are injury-depleted at pivot with both Shawn Horcoff (knuckle) and Eric Belanger (foot) expected to miss at least another month. No. 1 Oiler pivot Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also has been hindered by a wonky shoulder.