Tuesday, February 24, 2009

T-Radar: Canada's Teams Trade Talk - Edmonton Oilers

Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
: What does GM Steve Tambellini have up his sleeve for this his first trade deadline since joining Oil Country? The infamous Jagr heading to Edmonton from the KHL rumour fizzled faster than it got started. The Oilers find themselves in a playoff race in which only 5 points separate 5th from 10th. To their chagrin, unfortunately they sit in 9th currently, but just 1 point out of 8th.

Needful Things:
- To be serious contenders, The Oilers need a top 3 forward - preferably a front line LW to play with Hemsky and Horcoff. They likely need to add another depth forward as well.
- With Visnovsky and Grebeshkov out (although Grebeshkov apparently will be back sooner than expected), Edmonton will likely look to add another defenseman as well.

Candidates: Alexei Kovalev (4/10), Milan Hejduk (1.5/10), Tim Connolly (4/10), Slava Kozlov (2/10), Marty St. Louis (1.5/10), Ilya Kovalchuk (5/10), Lecavelier (0.5/10), Bill Guerin (4/10), Jason Spezza (4/10)
Dmen: Filip Kuba (4.5/10), Brendan Witt (2.5/10), Boumeester (2/10)

The Edmonton Journal's Dan Barnes raised the possibility of one of Kozlov, St. Louis and Hejduk, but Spector nullifies this speculation stating all three have no-trade clauses and not prepared to lift those clauses.

Eric Cole's (7/10) name has been all over the trade rumour circles, with Boston as a possible destination. One rumour had highly touted young d-man Matt Lashoff and Vladimir Sobotka coming to Edmonton in return. The Penguins also are believed to have interest in the under-achieving Cole, as a wing man for Sid the Kid.

I suspect Tambellini wants to make a big splash should he have a dance partner.


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