Quick Oil Drops and Other News

Kevin Lowe, Steve Tambellini and the rest of the Oilers brass are bunkering down in Ottawa for d-day. The Oil would like to make a splash but it’s more likely that will have to wait for the summer.

Possible bargaining chips for the Oilers include: W Erik Cole, W Robert Nilsson, F Marc Pouliot, F Rob Schremp, D Ladislav Smid, D Taylor Chorney and possibly of most value, one of D Tom Gilbert or D Denis Grebeshkov.

Possible trading partners and other names that may attract the Oil:

AtlantaW Colby Armstrong, C Marty Reasoner, W Slava Kozlov, D Garnet Exelby
Boston – F Chuck Kobasew, F Vladimir Sobotka, D Matt Hunwick, D Matt Lashoff
CarolinaF Tuomo Ruutu
Los Angeles – W Alexander Frolov
Montreal – F Chris Higgins, C Kyle Chipchura
OttawaF Antoine Vermette, W Chris Neil, C Jason Spezza, D Filip Kuba
Philadelphia – W Scottie Upshall
Phoenix – F Olli Jokinen, F Steve Rienprecht

OTHER NOTES:

D Derek Morris looks headed to one of Boston, Philadelphia or Washington at this time.
F Nik Antropov and F Dominic Moore were healthy scratches tonight leading to speculation that both will be on the move.
G Martin Gerber was placed on re-entry waivers today and TSN’s Bob McKenzie says its not out of the realm of possibilty that the Toronto Maple Leafs will look at claiming him. There is speculation G Vesa Toskala may shut er down for the season. The Pascal LeClaire rumors continue to swirl with Toronto and Ottawa as potential destinations.
F Olli Jokinen continues to create interest with Calgary, Minnesota and Montreal leasing the way.
Columbus is looking at C Tim Connolly with D Rusty Klesla the rumored name heading back.
F Matthew Lombardi may be on the move. Columbus, Montreal, Florida, Phoenix and Buffalo are among the teams rumored to have interest.

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2 Responses to Quick Oil Drops and Other News

  1. RossCreek says:

    Quick link to a column by Robin Brownlee of Oilernation.com. Robin's a former beat writer with the team and is pretty "in tune" with what's going on in Oil City. Here's an exerpt:

    What I know

    • Like I said last week, Tambellini can move pending UFA Erik Cole if he wants to, and Carolina would be at the front of the line of teams interested. That’s not “new” news, but it’s the most solid item I’ve got and it hasn’t gone away since I first heard it. I’m still convinced the Oilers would want to pry Tuomo Ruutu out of Carolina to consider the deal worthwhile.
    • According to one source, the Oilers aren’t interested in Olli Jokinen, who is being shopped by Phoenix. That runs contrary to what I thought just a week ago. I don’t have a reason why the brain trust of the Copper and Blue isn’t taking a look at Jokinen, only that, as of yesterday, he’s drawing a shoulder shrug from them.
    • As suggested by Jim Matheson in The Journal today, the Oilers are interested in Mark Recchi as a rental. It’s not the big move Tambellini would like to make, but Recchi would come cheap and he’d help in the stretch.
    • The Flyers are as keen about ridding themselves of Daniel Briere’s salary as the Coyotes are about trimming Jokinen from the payroll. Lowe made a pitch for Briere before, so… That’s a big chunk of salary to take on, but the Oilers see Briere as a better option than Jokinen. Still, a long shot.

    What I think

    • Robert Nilsson won’t need a return ticket home from this road trip.
    • I said last week Tom Gilbert would be available this summer and I wonder if you can add Ladislav Smid’s name to that list. Despite increased ice time in the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov, I wonder if Smid sees himself here long term. He’s got Sheldon Souray, Visnovsky and Gilbert ahead of him on the depth chart and Theo Peckham, Taylor Chorney and Jeff Petry on the way.
    • I think Tambellini and Lowe will stand pat rather than make any deal that jeopardizes a playoff spot in the name of future gains. There’s no way Craig MacTavish survives a third straight year out of the post-season and there’s no way Lowe will have a hand in a deal that gets him bumped.
    • Best bet for Wednesday: Oilers dump a contract (Nilsson, Marc Pouliot or JF Jacques) for a rental.

    – Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6pm on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

    Here's the link (http://www.oilersnation.com/2009/03/armchair-gm-ii/)

  2. reinjosh says:

    great article ross
    keep up the good work
    and definetely keep coming with oilers and flames articles to

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