Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers
To that end, Stauffer suggested the Oilers might try to trade for Nikita Nikitin of Columbus. “I do think there’s a guy out there they can get who would be a heavier top four defenceman. It’s a former Western conference team, a team that’s deep in defence prospects and might be able to slide somebody in, a guy like Nikitin might make sense here. … I don’t think the cost would be too severe.”
s there a glimmer of hope for this year’s team after one month? MacTavish says there is and he doesn’t sound like he’s in denial.
Guess again. Oilers president Kevin Lowe loves Weber and they have the young offensive assets the Nashville Predators, always struggling to get goals, would need, but Nail Yakupov and a first-rounder wouldn’t come close to snagging the towering defenceman.
Sam Gagner cleared to play against Toronto tonight. Assuming Eakins will insert him in lineup for first game since having jaw broken.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 29, 2013
If Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could magically acquire a top-2 defenseman today, he would… EDM looking hard to improve overall team defense
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 26, 2013
Brown had seven fights as an Oiler, if you’re keeping count, two with Jordin Tootoo, which brings up Tootoo.
There’s been some discussion that the Oilers should now take a run at Tootoo as a fourth-liner because he has some ability with the puck (he has 133 points and 49 career goals).
At this time last week, no doubt everyone thought Edmonton was going to make a goalie move. The Oilers didn’t for two reasons. First, they just didn’t believe what they could get would really solve their problems long-term.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 22, 2013
If the Florida Panthers are moving veterans to cut payroll, and they consider Shawn Matthias a veteran of sorts, the Edmonton Oilers might be all over that. They’ve tried to get the six-foot-four, 220-pound centre before and were rebuffed.
Nonis said he hasn’t considered trading Jake Gardiner and doesn’t believe in trading young defencemen. “How many teams have made mistakes trading a young defencemen too soon?”
And just so you know, there was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo. Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday, the two sides had considered, or were considering, a major swap.
re: Yakupov rumors, the last thing the Flyers need is another Russian head case; Hemsky makes sense but Oilers price likely too high…
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) October 15, 2013
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