So the Fourth Period has brought a few trade rumors to my attention that I figured I’d share. Most of these are based on reports from the Ottawa Sun. Take them all with a grain of salt, of course, like any trade rumor, but here they are…
Rumor 1: The Oilers are trying to deal Sheldon Souray. Of course, he has a no-trade clause, so he’d have to approve any trade. Wouldn’t it be an interesting situation if a player refused to LEAVE Edmonton? I can’t say I like the idea of trading Souray. His grit and leadership would be extremely hard to replace. But let’s face it, he’s one of our two most easily movable and most valuable assets (Visnovsky of course being the other).
The paper also brings back the old rumor with Montreal, in that the Oilers were reportedly interested in the Kostitsyns, and also that Andrew Cogliano was being shopped. Andrei Kostitsyn would be a decent pick up, if cheap. The only reason I’d want to see that deal happen though would be to drop salary. Aside from that, I’m not interested in the two. These same rumors have suggested Ryan O’Byrne would be coming this way as well, and he is something the team can use – a big, bruising defenseman. I’m not sure how anxious the Habs are to part with him, however. But a lesser deal sending him this way would be good to see.
Rumor 2: The Rangers are doing some shopping. Sather is said to be actively looking around for players to help his club (well, duh). Apparently they are interested in Vancouver’s Pavol Demitra (currently on LTIR, so he’d have to be back first before that could happen). Not sure how much potential there is for the Oilers, but I’ll leave that open for speculation in the comments.
Rumor 3: The Panthers have contacted every team in the league to make a deal. The Panthers are starting to hit desperation mode, as they’re sitting near the basement of the Eastern conference. Apparently the Panthers aren’t shopping Horton… too bad, because he would be a decent player to pick up and we could finally stop writing up trade suggestions to land him.
Rumor 4: Blue Jackets are looking for a steady, reliable defenseman. One rumored name in this deal that the Jackets were interested in is Aaron Ward. Perhaps a similar suggested replacement would be “Steady” Steve Staios? Now, if that deal did go down, the Oilers would definitely need to seek a replacement for Staios. See: O’Byrne suggestion earlier (although he is not consistent, I like what he brings and his potential), as well as the next rumor suggestion. Who would we want in return? I’ll leave that to speculation as well, but I’d be fine with a later pick for Staios, if a deal is lined up elsewhere.
Rumor 5: The Canucks are shopping O’Brien. O’Brien’s an RFA at the end of the year, but his contract is decent at $1.6M. He brings a physical brand of hockey (as we’ve seen first hand). Intradivisional trades very rarely happen though, so I can’t see us acquiring him, but I’ll throw it out there anyways.
Rumor 6: The Hurricanes are looking to move their vets. Rumored names are: Scott Walker, Ray Whitney, Niclas Wallin and Aaron Ward. Each of these players in the final year of their contracts, and all but Ward have no-trade clauses (so of course they’d have to agree to the trade). Whitney, even at his age, would probably be a good fit. However, the Canes are looking to drop salary, and that makes it pretty difficult for us to deal with them.
Anyways, there they are… have at ‘er in the comments. My thoughts up front, the Oilers need some help defensively. They need someone with size who can shutdown opponents. They also need to drop some salary. One other thing to mention is that the Islanders are willing to spend some money right now to strengthen the team. There is potential out there, although its pretty uncommon for any big deals to happen at this time. Speculate away.