Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

By BRUCE GARRIOCH

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has a major housecleaning in mind as he tries to fix the mess his organization has become.

With the NHL trade deadline on March 3, Tambellini has plenty of work to do.

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky. There is a bit of an obstacle in the way of dealing any of them, though. Their contracts make it tough to find a taker.

And the players other GMs call about — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Alex Hemsky — aren’t available.

Horcoff, who has a cap hit of $5.5 million through 2014-15, isn’t going anywhere. There might be some interest in Moreau, who makes $2 million, but the market is limited. Staios is a $2.7-million cap hit — a lot to pay for a character player.

“Fixing that is not going to be easy,” said a league executive.

“I wouldn’t want to be Tambellini. You look at that team and a lot of those guys are the same: they’re underachieving.”

There are teams — the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings — interested in Souray, but the market is limited for a guy with a $5.4-million cap hit and a no-trade clause. He likely wouldn’t accept a deal to an Eastern Conference team.

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2 Responses to Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

  1. KingCanada says:

    The guys hes dangling are mostly all worthless/useless…

    Shawn Horcoff cap hit 5.5 until 2014/15 while producing roughly 40 points a season makes him unmovable.  And people thought the Blake contract was bad lol…

    Ethan Moreau is cheap and signed until 2010/11 but also worthless…8 points…wow…there are much better rentals available.

    Robert Nilsson is a lil better then Moreau with more points (17) in less games but again isnt worth the draft picks…hes a very streaky player.

    Sheldon Souray has had a bad season and will only trade himself near California…good luck convincing one of the 3 teams that he is worth the 5.4 your paying him long term.

    Lubo Vishnovsky actually has decent production at 29 points this season but is expensive at 5.6 signed until 2012/13.  With those numbers I think teams would prefer to try and trade for Phaneuf or Kaberle then Vishnovsky.

    Steve Staois is your most tradable asset and even at that isnt worth much.  Reliable defensive defenceman signed until next season at 2.7…might get u a 3rd round pick.

    Good luck Oilers!!  Your stuck with almost all of these guys!!

  2. dvast8 says:

    Calgary will take Ethan Moreau, if he promises to come pay his dinner bill lolol.. cheap skate.

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