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.


58 Responses to Oilers trade deadline plan

  1. reinjosh says:

    We're presently 6th in the conference and top 5 in scoring. We don't need a 3 year rebuild. We already second youngest in the league…

  2. TmLeafan says:

    Good call on Moulson I would agree, the guy can score goals he is on pace for 40 this year which says a lot when you are playing a garbage team like the Islanders. I think that a lot of people underrate Marian Hossa too.  He is having a great season and just a complete player. 

    Top of my list for overrated would probably be Dustin Byfuglien, the guy is simply a liability when he plays defence and is lazy.  
  3. thisgamewelose says:

    I'm not a fan of either team, but I guess I'm alone in thinking JVR for Schenn would actually benefit both teams.

  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    JVR for Schenn is a pretty good deal for both teams but I cannot see Toronto doing it. Burke has just recently signed Schenn to a multi-year extension and will not just trade him unless the return is just plain stupid (I doubt Burke wants the reputation of a sign and trader).

    The only way Burke moves Schenn is if the other team is willing to overpay.




    2012 2nd round pick

    Totally not worth it, and Philadelphia would never do it but if that is not the return for Schenn, he is not moving. Burke is too high on this kid, and is too classy to sign and trade a player in a fair and even deal IMO.

  5. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Phili wouldn't move Couturier, he's been exceeding their expectations so far, playing on a third line role, putting up good two way game and still a 19 year old rookie.

  6. Steven_Leafs says:

    I know, all I'm saying is that basically Schenn wont be traded, unless Burke wins the deal hands down.

  7. hockeylegend488 says:

    honestly they would want our first for that trade 2. and coutourier was 8th overall in a very deep draft so why would philly consider giving up on him

  8. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    he didnt say the trade was actually going to happen it was more of an example of what burke would want in order to part with schenn which would be (as he said) a huge overpayment..

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