Oilers and Panthers trying to make deals
The attention is on Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, who would like to perform some surgery on his roster, but other GMs say Florida’s Dale Tallon is trying just as hard. Speaking to The Miami Herald’s George Richards, Tallon promised changes after Tuesday’s 4-3 OT loss to Edmonton. Apparently, there was a GM-wide email about Ryan Whitney’s availability last week, but it’s been widely reported many of his veterans are similarly out there.
When discussing trades, remember, there are 20 teams within $2 million of the salary cap. There’s not a lot of room yet, so unless you’re really unencumbered (and within budget), you’re saying, “For every dollar you give us, you are going to have to take.”
For that reason, I’m curious to see if anyone takes a chance on Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland, whose cap hit is $566,667. The 31-year-old defenceman is caught in a numbers crunch behind younger players. The Penguins have worked to expand his game, using him at forward and taking a regular penalty-kill shift. It depends on what they’re asking, but could he be a useful pickup?