4th overall pick up for grabs?
The rumor in the Fourth Period is that the 4th overall pick that New Jersey holds in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is indeed up for grabs. The thought of it being available isn’t a new one, and we’ve even talked about it a bit here before, but it’s always good to have confirmation. The article notes that the Devils do not have their 2nd round pick. Lou Lamoriello basically noted that he’s open to the idea, so I wouldn’t say he’s trying to get rid of it. However, any time you hear that a top 10 pick is available, you hope that Tambellini is making a phone call… immediately.
So, what are good options for trade bait for this #4 pick? Ales Hemsky? I’m going to have to say that I think our 2nd round pick (31st) plus our 19th pick (from Los Angeles), plus a roster player such as Andrew Cogliano could be enticing enough. However, I am not sure he meets a need. I see that they do need a top 4 defenseman, however. Well, we know the one guy whose name we like to toss around in trade suggestions. However, I think Tom Gilbert’s price tag is enough to scare them off. At any rate, while I have no problems moving Ales Hemsky at some point (due to his injury problems), I actually would prefer that they try and move the 19th and 31st picks and a lesser roster player instead, in this situation.
Feel free to suggest ideas in the comments as to what we could offer up. Or, let us know if you don’t think we should even be looking for another pick (in which case, I can verbally assault you later).
Please be true, please be true, please be true..
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.
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Are the Oilers shopping the top pick?
With all the talk that the Oilers are trying to land one or two other 1st round draft picks, TSN brings the news that Tambellini is willing to and has had discussions with other GMs about trading the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
I don’t think we should be too concerned here. Tambellini, as awful as he can seem to people, likely isn’t thinking of trading the #1 pick overall for Nicklas Lidstrom or some other over-the-hill veteran player whose time is running out but was once phenomenal (well, he may even still be, but you get my point here..). I think I believe him when he says it will take a lot. So we’re talking an already established star player that suits our needs and perhaps also even more, or perhaps some more high first round picks. The players we get would have to be young and fit into the system. Perhaps even the guy whose name is being bandied about… Jeff Carter, could be an example target. I’m not saying that we trade straight up, but I’m curious what you all think it would take, if you were Tambellini.
This is almost poll worthy, but I’ve been a little poll happy lately, and it’s tough to write up a poll for something like this that really shows what people think. So just respond in the comments section with what you think could be a good trade for our #1 overall pick. Or respond by saying that we shouldn’t even trade it at all, if that’s your feeling. Be realistic, if you can…. saying that you’d only trade the #1 pick if we get Ovechkin or Stamkos in return is the same as saying “I wouldn’t trade the #1 pick overall”, so just say the latter.
Is CBJ's #8 up for grabs?
OK, a new Lowetide article is up that mentions news about the Columbus Blue Jackets cleaning up their scouting staff. Don Boyd (Assistant GM, dubbed “amateur scouting guru” by the article) and Bob Strumm (Pro Scouting Director) were fired. Lowetide mentions that with this happening so close to the draft, you have to wonder if this fuels the rumor even more of their 8th overall pick being available. Of course, the Oilers and Howson have their history, and he’s generally been a willing dance partner with us.
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