Oillers trying to make a move

The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the Oilers are in search of a winger for Ales Hemsky and some of the names that are mentioned include Tim Connoly, Martin St., Louis, Slava Kozlov and Milan Hejduk.

It is noted that in recent years that Oilers have tries very hard to land a star player and that all of those attempts have fallen shorts for various reasons. This time the Oilers are in seach for a winger to play with Hensky and it is reported that the Oilers are looking at several star players who may be able to help them for the drive to the playoffs.

Of the players who are noted HTR believes that the most likely player for the Oilers to get is Slava Kozlov due to the fact that the Thrashers are so far out of the playoff run and may be willing to part with his for a relatively low price. HTR also believes that it would be very unlikely for the Avalanche to trade Hejduk to a division rival although he would look great as an Oiler.

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6 Responses to Oillers trying to make a move

  1. KingCanada says:

    I dont think Slava Kozlov would be coming at a cheap price to be honest.  He is affordable at 3.66 a year and is under contract for next year as well.  He is tied for 2nd on the team in overall scoring (51 pts) with Todd White and is 3rd in goal scoring with 18 behind Kovalchuk (of course) and sophomore sensation Bryan Little.

    For a team that is NOT cap strapped I dont see them parting very easily with Kozlov since they want to remain somewhat competitive in order to convince Ilya Kovalchuk to sign an extension to remain a Thrasher.  Trading Kozlov IMO is telling their russian superstar that they expect to rebuild some more…something Kovalchuk does not want to be a part of.

    Any trade involving Kozlov would have to be a lateral move I believe and not for prospects and picks.

  2. RossCreek says:


  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    I don't think Connolly will be traded to Edm, if for no other reason than the Vanek offer sheet signing. I could be wrong but unless they far and away have the best offer, if he is even being shopped, buf won't trade him there. plus why would trade for a guy who may not play?

  4. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    A few weeks ago, when Montreal was a few games into the 12 game slide, I went through all team rosters for players who could help. Obviously I started with teams that would be sellers at deadline day. Anyway I overlooked Kozlov the first time around but looked specifically for a player to complement Kovalev the second time and I believe he could have been the guy. He plays fast hockey and understands the play as it is happening. He's a veteran set-up guy who will cost you a young roster player but I think that is pretty much it. If you replace him in the line up and maybe throw in a late pick he could be had. I'm not sure what kind of shape he's in but Schneider(39) is playing like he's in his prime. Kozlov is 36. Maybe ATL wants more for him?? TSN is saying that it would send the wrong message to Kovalchuk. Whatever. I have a list of things Bob MacKenzie and Pierre MacGuire have stated on TSN that "should happen" and they are NEVER correct.  I will double Bill Guerin's bounty if any player gets MacGuire and if I can get close to him with my shoe it will be the Highlight of the Night.

  5. RossCreek says:

    Mark Spector of Sportsnet (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/02/24/jokinen_questions/) reports:
    "His (Olli Jokinen) value is maxed out right now for Coyotes GM Don Maloney, who is under no pressure to make the deal this March, with Jokinen having one year left at $5.5 million before becoming a UFA two summers from now…  Columbus and Edmonton are both top fits for Jokinen, and Calgary might kick the tires on this deal as well…  The problem is, dead-broke Phoenix will want as little salary back as possible."

  6. RossCreek says:


    "There is no secret the Oilers would move one of three small, skilled forwards in the right deal – and will pitch Robert Nilsson well ahead of either Sam Gagner or Andrew Cogliano. But the real bait on Kevin Lowe’s hook right now is believed to be Erik Cole, who just hasn’t got it done in Edmonton this season…  Don’t be surprised if Carolina GM Jim Rutherford takes a run at Cole. How about Tuomo Ruutu coming to Edmonton?"

    It is noted that the Oil "is cold on Derek Morris."

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