Oilers trade deadline plan

Going into the NHL trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers will have decide if they are buyers or sellers. The obvious marker for the team will be the position in the standings. If they are in reach they might add a piece or two to aid a playoff run. If they are too far back the for sale sign goes out.

Steve Tambellini will have to resist the urge to make large changes to the team and create more roster turnover than is needed. Moving too many veterans could send the wrong signals to potential free agents

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will a contending Edmonton Oilers hockey club. As a rebuilding team, the Oilers have a lot of holes to fill and they won’t address all of them at the deadline. But, the Oilers do need to take steps in the direction of improving the compete level and physical level of the team. The Oilers need to be a harder group to play against.

One area needing immediate attention is the state of the blue line. The Oilers blue line corps has been hurt through injuries this season. It was also left thin without adequate upgrades in the offseason to improve the overall quality of defencemen.

Potential targets on defence:

Without a doubt, the Oilers and other teams will be watching the situation in Nashville with Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, as will most of the NHL. Either defenceman would be welcome addition, Weber is an RFA and Suter a UFA.

Anaheim’s GM Bob Murray has said the Ducks are open for business. If so, the Oilers could also look at former Oiler Lubomir Visnovsky or Francois Beauchemin. Visnovsky could be a good option as to help with an offensive role and perhaps as mentor to Martin Gernat and Martin Marincin, although the later may be a bit premature.