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.