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Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk’s sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone.
, the ’ leading goal-scorer last season, was a healthy scratch for their game against the on Saturday night. He’ll be one again as they head to D.C. to face the on Monday night.
So what does MacTavish do? Frankly the man looked like Kevin Lowe, his current boss, back in 2006 when Lowe, then GM, made do with a revolving door of Jussi Markkanen (3.13 avg), Mike Morrison (2.83) and Ty Conklin (2.80) in net for most of the season before they got lucky and brought in Dwayne Roloson to save the day at the trade deadline.
The Edmonton Oilers are looking for a third pairing defenceman with some muscle and/or meanness.
So what’s wrong?
I spoke with a team executive on an Eastern Conference team and this was his assessment:
One of the biggest stories this week with by Cory Schneider’s return to Vancouver. Could the Oilers have had him? I’ve always believed the price for the Canucks to send him there was very steep — one rumoured package was a first-round pick, a second-round pick and 21-year-old defenceman Martin Marincin. That’s a big ask, because teams are very careful about sending goalies to division opponents. Also, the Oilers had to know they had a great shot at Darnell Nurse, who they really liked.
Expect EDM to be on lookout for a heavyweight fighter. Currently without that element but GM MacTavish and HC Eakins believe it's required.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2013
As we survey the crowded UFA landscape, less than a month from training camps opening, and see warriors like Brenden Morrow and Dan Cleary out of work, Ryan Smyth, who has the same engine as both of those UFA’s, but is considerably more evergreen at 37, must consider himself lucky to have a contract at $2.25 million for this upcoming Edmonton Oilers’ season.
The question is how much work Smyth will get this season, as he closes in on 1200 career NHL games.
The Edmonton Oilers are loaded on the blue-line, but general manger Craig MacTavish did not hesitate when Denis Grebeshkov wanted to give the NHL another shot after three years in the Kontinental Hockey League.
“I always liked Denis,” said MacTavish, who coached the Russian defenceman when he was the Oilers bench boss. Grebeshkov played for Edmonton from 2007-10.
The Oilers signed Grebeshkov, 29, to a one-year, one-way, $1.5-million contract earlier this month.
The Vancouver Canucks are not the only NHL club that is facing a peculiar situation when it comes to their starting goaltender.
Told Sam Gagner has asked for $5.5 in arbitration.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 20, 2013
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) July 17, 2013
It still makes sense that Hemsky will find a better fit and a trade will happen…
If we put two and two together from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish’s interview with sports radio podcaster Brad Bartko, it looks like Ales Hemsky might just be an Edmonton Oilers hockey player in 2013-14 after all.
Former Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters was interviewed on Oilers Now on Friday, and he had both an interesting rumour and some harsh words for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. In part, here’s what he had to say:
Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s interested and if they are tell [general manager Craig MacTavish] to take him and have fun with him. I find him to be the most overrated, undernourished hockey player in the history of the NHL and whoever made him the captain of the Maple Leafs should have been fired six years ago.
This just in, player agent Ritch Winter telling Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that his client Ilya Bryzgalov might well consider signing with the Edmonton Oilers now that he’s been bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that Winter said doesn’t know how to support its goalies.
Would Bryzgalov really like Edmonton, Stauffer asked?
First, Coburn is a good fit for Edmonton’s needs. He has size (6’5″, 220 pounds), a physical game, skates well, and has some ability to move the puck. He’s primarily a defensive defenceman and plays on both sides of the ice but has a left-handed shot. It’s a mixture that – particularly with a weak free agent crop – the Oilers are going to have trouble finding.
But could it be Oilers will announce on Tuesday signing up Gagner long-term?
The alarm and excitement of Edmonton Oilers fans is starting to get a bit crazy, with wild rumours sprouting up about the Oilers trying to acquire players like Dion Phaneuf or Jake Gardiner from Toronto and Zack Smith from Ottawa, with Sam Gagner or Ales Hemsky moving in the other direction.
For example, EDM’s No. 7 overall pick, as well as players, are available. While it’s possible EDM drafts at 7, my guess is it gets dealt.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 8, 2013
Craig MacTavish promised to make changes to the Edmonton Oilers over the offseason and it may start with two of the team’s long-standing veterans.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made it clear he was willing to talk about trading the second overall pick in an interview at the NHL draft combine on Friday. Despite his comments, it’s extremely unlikely that a team as far down as the Edmonton Oilers (seventh overall) will be able to make a pitch that sways Florida into a deal.