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It’s setting up to be a big weekend for the Edmonton Oilers.
The team will pick first overall at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles on Friday, a first for the franchise, but it looks like general manager Steve Tambellini could be actively looking to move players. 630 CHED’s Dan Tencer reports Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray is on his way back to Edmonton to receive medical clearance for the wrist injury he suffered in late January.
Dustin Byfuglien , one of the breakout players for the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks last season, is in the process of being traded to the Thrashers, pending a trade call.
Byfuglien , along with Brent Sopel , Ben Eager and Akim Aliu , will be headed to Atlanta in exchange for the 24th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 54th pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin .
Anaheim: With Scott Niedermayer retired, defense is a priority. That means re-signing James Wisniewski and adding another impact blueliner. A plethora of forwards are already signed, but one that isn’t is RFA Bobby Ryan. Ryan could land the Ducks a huge return, and some believe that his 30-goal seasons are as much a result of the talent around him as his goal-scoring upside.
Atlanta: There’s lots of money invested on the blue line and lots of holes up front. Still, Clarke MacArthur is an RFA and scored just three times in 21 games with the Thrashers. Some teams may see his potential and make a play for him.
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