Oilers likely to offer up Stortini as trade bait at NHL entry draft

When Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Stortini was exiled to the Oklahoma City Barons late this past season with no recall from the American Hockey League affiliate club, it likely means he doesn’t figure into their plans as a fourth-line agitator.

It’s likely the Oilers will offer up the popular forward, who has had 80 regular-season fights as an Oiler, at the June 24-25 NHL entry draft, for a pick. I

And it wouldn’t be the first time the Oilers moved a young player, who just didn’t seem to fit any longer, at the draft. At the 2004 draft, Edmonton brass dealt winger Jason Chimera to the Phoenix Coyotes for second- and fourth-round picks and drafted Geoff Paukovich, who was a swing and a miss, and Liam Reddox, who turned out to be a useful role player who just signed in Sweden.

If the Oilers can’t deal Stortini, 25, who has played 256 games for the organization, they have two options. They can make him a qualifying offer to keep his rights, starting on the Monday following the draft; or let him walk as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Most teams prefer to get something for an asset. The Dallas Stars reportedly sniffed around last season, but they didn’t have room for Stortini on their roster. Maybe they Oilers will just let him go, as they did with Marc Pouliot late last June.

“I haven’t decided yet what to do with Zack,” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini.


39 Responses to Oilers likely to offer up Stortini as trade bait at NHL entry draft

  1. blaze says:

    haha Stortini trade bait, the Leafs might try to dangle Tim Brent out there too.

  2. leafy says:

    So Daniel Sedin apparently made a "guarantee" win declaration for Game 7.

    Earth to Daniel, you're no Mark Messier!!! Not even close bud.

  3. reinjosh says:

    SO I know a couple people have been tossing around the idea of going after Spezza if the Richards option fails. I like the idea. A lot. However I don't think its one that is viable.

    While on can question Bryan Murray's job over the past couple years, I can't think he is enough of a moron to not understand what he has in Spezza. Spezza is an elite playmaker in the league and has played at a 0.92 ppg game pace over the last 3 years. While he has had his injury problems, thats damn impressive considering he did it on an incredibly weak offensive team such as Ottawa. He outscored the next highest scoring player on Ottawa by 12 points (doing so in 13 less games) and the next highest scoring forward by 23 points (and doing so in 20 less games). This is a guy who in his 2nd full NHL season, and while he was only 23 years old, put up 71 assists.

    I honestly don't think the possibility to acquire Spezza is very large. I would imagine only if the Senators were shooting for #1 next year (for Yakupov, Galchenyuk and Grigorenko) would he possibly be available. Then I'm not even sure Murray would deal Spezza within the division and if he did, I imagine the price would be large. Something along the lines of Schenn/Kadri, Colborne/Kadri, 2012 1st Rounder.

  4. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Is Spezza out there, like we have heard about Carter? no.

    I believe the possibility exists because Ottawa is in a re-build and as the Leafs did with Kaberle most recently…it may be time to move out the rest of the old guard from the former strong Sens team. Kaberle was not traded because of poor play or value…he was traded because he was the last piece of a failed puzzle to move and he was becoming a UFA. Burke had no intention of re-signing him anyway.

    Spezza is locked up through the 2014-15 season, unlike Kaberle, but at a $7mil cap hit. If Ottawa wants to change the culture in the room and build a new team culture…Spezza could become available. I would also think Chris Neil would be made available(not saying I want him) leaving only Alfredsson who will probably retire after next season…maybe one more after that, if he wants to retire a Senator.

    It all depends on if Murray's rebuild job includes moving all pieces of a team that just couldn't quite do it. It would not be the first time a talented youngish player was moved during a rebuild. Am I betting on it, No. But I'm not betting against it either;)

  5. Jets_Back says:

    A well deserved choke job by the Canucks.

    Not to take anything away from the Bruins, but its almost laughable how the league MVPs have absolutely ZERO heart.

  6. leafy says:

    The Bruins are simply a better all around team with all elements needed for a championship…skill, speed, size, smarts, and heart.  Like I said after game 6, they have played more like champions than the Canucks.

    As for the Sedins….if they were even close to Kane and Toews last year for Chicago, Vancouver would have their Stanley Cup title. But they are not.

    Tim Thomas will win the Conn Smyth unless someone steals the ballots.

  7. Jets_Back says:

    Spezza needs to stay healthy for sure, but needs better guys than Erik Condra or Peter Regin on LW.

  8. Jets_Back says:

    I am just irked that just because of their MVP, its already assumed they are completely at another level compared to Sundin or Alfredsson. Please.

    You replace them with these two Swedes and I am certain the cup is Vancouvers.

  9. lafleur10 says:


  10. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Lou Sah

  11. leafmeister says:

    Its such a joke that he got a Vezina nomination.

  12. leafy says:

    Yea either Sundin or Alfredson in their prime would put the Canucks over the top.

    How about that Kaberle lifting the Cup tonight? I always believed he'd win the cup one day, but I was hoping as a Leaf!

  13. lafleur10 says:

    l know and agree 100% with you he shouldn't have got the nominaton!

  14. hockey_lover says:

    Congrats to the Bruins. They played well under the pressure of being the "underdog." Thomas was … ive said it all season so I'll continue .. LIGHTS OUT!   A shutout in game 7 of the finals? Amazing. Truly amazing.  Chara was a beast most of the series. Marchand was ridiculous. Congrats to Recchi on a Hall of Fame career. You will be missed, Recching Ball.

    To the Canucks .. FU! FU Sedin with his guaranteeing a win (after the two previous times his goaltender guaranteed a win and got killed by a total of 12-6 in goals). FU Kesler calling his teammates "legends" after they win game 7. FU to their rioting fans. FU to the fans who are crying that they lost because of the refs and because Bettman doesnt want a Canadian team to win the cup.

  15. Jets_Back says:

    That was great to see him lift the cup….but what the ***** was Recchi getting the cup second.

    Chara should have immediately given it to Thomas, and then Bergeron.

  16. Jets_Back says:

    Recchi would be deserving of praise if he wasn't so full of himself. Met him once and he is just that. He is no "legend" in my book.

    Him getting the cup second was stupid. Thomas deserved to get it and have his name engraved right on the spot.

  17. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    all I can say is HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

    So what about that "West Coast dominance" how about the fact that a team in the Eastern Conference absolutely OWNED the best team in the Western Conference – SO Glad to see the Bruins get a cup win well deserved for Timmy Thomas!
    Am I wrong in saying this but did we just witness the best Goaltending display put on by a Goalie since the 93 Habs run? Because I think we did!
  18. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    And just think Canucks fans there's always the next 12 seasons! ALL with LLlllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuu! LOL

  19. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah I have heard that he is a bit of a dou*chebag. But at the end of the day, his numbers are hall of fame worthy. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Sure, he is a jerk but he can the play game of hockey.

  20. hockey_lover says:

    Not for nothing but being a fan of a team who has Rick Dipietro on contract for another 10 years, I wouldnt be making fun of goalies.   Just saying.

  21. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    I'm realistic – Dipietro willplay about a year and a half to two years of that contract out lol

  22. hockey_lover says:

    LOLOLOL That totally made me laugh out loud man. Well done lol

  23. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't want to say Karma…

    But the Vancouver Canucks and Miami Heat got what was coming to them.

    -I disliked how Sedin guaranteed a game 7 win, it reminded me of another underfperforming Swedish captain who guaranteed a game 7 win against a certain Canadian team

    -I disliked Luongo poking fun of Tim Thomas after game 5, especially when Thomas was outperforming him greatly. Now Luongo had two horrible games since and zero cups. Thomas? Well. he played great in those last 2 games

    -Everything LeBron James does…From mocking dirk Nowitzki about being sick, to guaranteeing 8 championships…News flash, you need to win one

    Just…Don't be an arrogant player. Now, you all look foolish

  24. mapleleafsfan says:

    Only players I feel for are Bieksa and manny malhotra.. The sedin's are unreal to watch but heartless as hell and seeing burrows/lapierre/kesler raising the cup woulda killed me.. So glad boston won.. Now hopefully the leafs make it next year so I can cheer for a team I like as apposed to cheering against the team I dislike.

  25. reinjosh says:

    I must say, the Bruins deserved that series and they fought long and hard and deserved the Cup. Some of my animosity towards them has been washed away. Gotta love the Chara being a little kid again too. yyyyaayyyyy!

    So I know more than a few people on here are quite high on Yandle. 
    Could it be possible he sees a nice little offer sheet hit his desk around July the 1st (Coyotes can`t file for Arbitration till July 5th) for around 6.22 for 5 years? 
    Say the Bruins or Leafs (for all intents and purposes lets say they reacquired the necessary picks, Boston`s 2nd and the Leafs 3rd) offered Yandle that contract but front loaded it. Might the Coyotes have to decline the offer and take the picks? So say the deal is for 10 million year one, 10 million year two, 3.5 million year three, 3.3 million year four and 3.3 year five. The NHL might not be to happy with having to pay out that large a chunk when they are currently owning the team. 
    It`s an idea, and yes it assumes alot. It assume Yandle would be ok with a salary skew like that, it assumes that either the Leafs or Bruins would be willing to give up those picks in a deep draft and it assumes that Yandle is worth the price and the picks. Thoughts? 
  26. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I thought Seidenberg was the most impressive defencemen in the series, him and Chara are moster machine…

    Also, Boychuk is very underrated

  27. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Hey Josh,

    I believe that contract is now illegal. Front loaded to that extent would not be approved by the NHL. I think it is something like…one year cannot be less than half of any other. I'm not a fan of $6.22 per for Yandle…not with so much money tied up on our backend already.

    Here is just a little thought I had, not saying it would happen…but, now that Kaberle is a Stanley Cup winnner but his value has surely diminished…would Burke consider a contract to Kaberle…3 years/$9mil?

  28. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    That might be "optimistic" LOL

  29. reinjosh says:

    Im almost positive that that only applies to long term contracts past 7 years where the player will be older than 36.

  30. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    That sounds reasonable….although since the NHL has control of the team and would know exactly why the offer is done that way…not sure they would be too happy with Burke for trying to pull a bit of a fast one. 
    Why not just offer the $6.2 over 5 years or whatever? Chances are, the Coyotes wouldn't match that either.

  31. cam7777 says:

    Yea, well, Murray could ask for that kind of return, but no one in their right mind would give it to him.  Last year, Columbus management literally publically laughed at the assertion that they give up even just the 4th overall (Johansen) for Spezza.  No matter how talented, players with monster contracts simply don't have as much value as fans anticipate. 

  32. leafy says:

    I agree, not only is Mark Recchi a sure bet hall of famer, he is also one of the greatest left wingers of all time. Check the stats, his numbers are remarkable.

  33. HABSSTAR says:

    Congrats to the Bruins.  The riots in Vancouver are a joke.  I don't understand why fans riot after wins or loses of a sports event.  It's never cool and no matter who does it or where it happens there should be a pretty muscular response from the local authorities.  Can't let the douchebags win…

  34. cam7777 says:

    It has nothing to do with sports in my opinion.  People just don't have the opportunity to let loose in Western society very often.  When the chance to riot presents itself, a lot of people take it.  Lord knows you can't express yourself politically in this country, or Stephen Harper will spend a billion dollars to have you arrested and shot with a sound cannon

  35. HABSSTAR says:

    Sounds like some pretty lame excuse.  Since when does burning and looting constitute "political expression"?  It's just a bunch of spoiled little shits who don't have either the attention span or drive to "express themselves politically" in a civilized way.   

  36. cam7777 says:

    Exactly.  Too dumb to educate themselves politically, much less express that part of themselves, so it comes out in violent sports related rages.  I feel like a lot of people have some pent up rage, but don't know why.  But if I get into it any further, it will stop being a hockey conversation.

  37. Boston_Bruins says:

    It was interesting to see the order. I thought there was a chance Chara might give it to Thomas first, but they knocked off all the captains first (although I think Recchi would have given it to Bergeron regardless). It's crazy to think Bergy is only 25. It really says something about the respect he's earned when a 25 year old is in the mix getting the Cup before all the respected grizzled veterans that have been searching for one for such a long time.

  38. HABSSTAR says:

    I think it's a mixture of dumb and a huge sense of self-entitlement.  Let's all remember that they no doubt see themselves as the pinnacle of human evolution and therefore if should get everything they want immediately.  No time to put effort into something like a political process. 

    I saw this comment on a blog discussing the riots and thought it was a very apt observation: 

    "Sadly Darwinism has been mostly repealed in the modern age and I fear that an unfortunately significant percentage of our youth are growing up stupid and are getting away with it."

    Ok, ok, done my non-hockey related rant now…

    Sooo… how much HGH do you think RNH will need to get anywhere near 190 lbs?  That kid is Skeletor. lol

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