Alright, here’s my post on what players are out there for the Oilers to pick up, as well as who we have available. Discuss your rumors here, and feel free to post about any successful trades and such in comments here too (also feel free to point out anything significant I’ve missed).
Goaltending – Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk won’t cut it.
Mobile, multi-faceted, big minute defenseman (who couldn’t use one of those?).
Bottom six depth players.
Argument for another top-six forward if Hemsky is traded.
Rumored available players:
Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin, Cam Barker, Darcy Hordichuk
Rumored players teams are also interested in (that aren’t completely untouchable):
Sam Gagner, Theo Peckham
Rumored players the Oilers are interested in:
CBJ: Marc Methot – Left-handed defensive defenseman. Plays a safe game – not at all flashy, but gets the job defensively. He’s out for the rest of the season, so this is a long term trade.
LAK: Jonathan Bernier – Young, potential-star goaltender. Asking price is reportedly high. He’s been stuck behind Jonathan Quick, so it’s easy to see why he hasn’t broken into the league just yet. He would be
LAK: Dustin Brown – Power forward, right winger. Apparently isn’t the best defensive minded player (although he does play 2nd line PK). He’s signed to a very reasonable contract for the next 2 years ($3.175M cap hit) which makes him a more hot commodity. Dean Lombardi is said to be looking for a D prospect and top-six forward in return, so the asking price may be a little steep.
NSH: Jonathan Blum – Right-handed defenseman with decent size (although he isn’t known for using it). He plays well at both ends of the ice. He can reportedly quarterback a powerplay. Fits into our youth movement, and is already NHL ready. Not the best D-prospect the Predators have to offer.
NSH: Ryan Ellis – Right-handed, intelligent, offensive defenseman. He has a very high hockey IQ and can be a big team leader. The issue here is that his size is not what most would call NHL size. Smart players have overcome those issues, however. The Oilers should definitely give him consideration. A reuniting with Taylor Hall would be welcome.
NSH: Shea Weber – Young, two-way, physical defenseman (and a right handed D, no less). He is the complete package, and I guy I would love to have here. His contract is quite high though, and it expires at the end of the year (RFA). It would force the Oilers to be very stingy in the rest of their player pick ups, which might limit us too much. Asking price would be very high. He also may want to stay in Nashville now if the team is showing signs of being more willingness to spend to the cap.
TOR: Luke Schenn – Depending on who you talk to, Schenn is either being ruined by Toronto media and fans, or he is overrated. Might be our next shot at a Jason Smith 2.0. He has high draft pedigree, but hasn’t panned out the way fans have hoped. Plays a physical brand of defensive hockey with little offensive upside (although he apparently is good at moving the puck up ice). Lines up on the right side, which makes him more attractive of an interest for the Oilers.
Players the Oilers should NOT be interested in:
CBJ: Rick Nash – fancy player. Very talented. Unquestionable skill. However his contract is way out of our ballpark. Keep looking elsewhere, Tambellini.
NSH: Ryan Suter – much like Weber, he’s a multi-faceted defenseman. Some say his defensive game is a fair bit better than Weber’s, however. Much like Weber, his contract ends this year, however he will be a UFA. So I wouldn’t suggest trading for him unless we can guarantee a contract with him, thus why he is in this section, otherwise I would have put him in the interest column. Note, this is the ONLY reason why he is here. I would gladly take him on the team if we know he’ll be around for a few years.
With what the Kings are making available, it makes me thankful that Dean Lombardi apologized over the insults he made towards Steve Tambellini and the Oilers.