According to the Fourth Period:
The Oilers could go after impending free agent center Zenon Konopka next month, if he hits the unrestricted market, the Edmonton Journal Reports.
Konopka isn’t afraid to drop the gloves and is a solid faceoff man, something the Oilers appear to be in the market for.
“Would I sign him? One hundred per cent, yes,” an NHL scout told the Journal. “He’s hard to play against and every team needs a captain of the bottom eight players on their roster and that’s Konopka.”
From what I read in the Journal, it’s more of a suggestion than a rumor, but man that would be nice.
The Fourth Period also notes that the Blue Jackets won’t be re-signing their veteran group. That means Ethan Moreau is gone, as are Craig Rivet as Chris Clark. I like Craig Rivet as a depth signing. He’s a leader that brings a physical game and a stable defensive game. He’s pretty long in the tooth though, so it would have to come at a cheaper rate (which doesn’t happen around here).
The Journal speculates that the Oilers may buy out Sheldon Souray, as well. Tambellini says he hasn’t decided yet though (he needs another year to evaluate whether Souray can still play).