To flip or not to flip?
The chances of the Edmonton Oilers flipping their No. 1 overall pick to the Boston Bruins for their No. 2 selection at Friday’s NHL entry draft are about the same as Sheldon Souray being an Oiler this fall.
But Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is all ears should his Bruins counterpart, Peter Chiarelli, come up with a proposal so that the Boston GM gets his man, presumably winger Taylor Hall.
If the Oilers decide they like centre Tyler Seguin better — a recent Journal poll had it split 50-50 on the Tyler vs. Taylor debate– then maybe Tambellini can squeeze the No. 15 overall pick out of the Bruins to lay off Hall. Or how about winger Blake Wheeler? What about Finnish forward Mikko Lehtonen, one of Boston’s best prospects?
It wouldn’t be the first time two NHL GMs have cooked up a deal to satisfy both sides.
“You do what you have to do to ensure you get the player you definitely want,” said former Minnesota Wild GM Lou Nanne, who swapped winger Brad Palmer and centre Dave Donnelly to the Bruins, so they wouldn’t take Brian Bellows. Boston took defenceman Brian Kluzak, who had a large heart but bad knees and was out of the NHL after 299 games.
Was there an offer from Chiarelli when the two men talked last Saturday?
“Can’t talk about that,” laughed Tambellini.
Would he consider something akin to the Nanne-Harry Sinden deal in 1982?
“At this point, I honestly don’t know. I’m not giving you much, but I’m not there (final decision on a trade or not) yet. There will be different things thrown at me this week,” said Tambellini.
“He (Chiarelli) says he wants to keep the pick.”
Yes, but he wants a certain player, likely Hall because he already has Marc Savard, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron in the middle.