Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean “shocked” other teams aren’t interested in Ryan Whitney

“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.

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Will the New York Islanders trade Mark Streit or Lubomir Visnovsky?

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.

Would Ryan Whitney be a fit in Ottawa with Karlsson out?

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.

Is Whitney done in Edmonton?

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.”

Whitney and Smyth scratched

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.

Oilers after Weiss?

“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.

Time for Tambellini to get pro-active again for an NHL centre

Edmonton Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini moved quickly to get defenceman Mark Fistric from Dallas a few days into training camp after the lockout ended, in part because Theo Peckham had a sore hip and wasn’t in the proper shape. He surprised most of the NHL, getting the abrasive blueliner for an average price, a third-round pick.

He was applauded for his pro-active approach, not even waiting until the season started.

Oilers not likely to trade for Bernier

Q. Why don’t the Oilers trade for Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier? Then we would have two No. 1s and Devan Dubnyk wouldn’t have the sole pressure of being that guy.

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NHL Rumors – January 23, 2013

The leatest trade rumors from January 23, 2013 include Roberto Luongo, Ben Bishop and the belief that it may just be the Stars, Avalanche or the Habs who are kicking the tires on Luongo.


The Edmonton Oilers added some needed depth to their defence Monday, acquiring Mark Fistricfrom the Dallas Stars in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

“A lot of people are looking for the same type of addition to their depth chart,” Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. “Defenceman at this time are difficult to find. We want to be in a proactive mindset, if we could get something now, obviously work him into this group as quick as possible, the better we will be.”

Fistric, an Edmonton native, joins an Oilers team with a wounded defence corps. Already missing blue-liner Andy Sutton, Edmonton was dealt another blow when defenceman Theo Peckham left the ice with an injury during Monday’s practice. Tambellini said he Peckham aggravated a hip flexor.

Tambellini called it “a typical type of injury you would see when guys are trying to ramp up for an NHL season.”