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.
The Fourth Period also notes that the Blue Jackets won’t be Continue reading 'Oil Talk / Rumors'»
Trade deadline approaches.. FUCK YEAH!
So, the Christmas day of the NHL approaches… the trade deadline. It’s Monday, February 28th @ 1:00PM MST. The days leading up to the deadline were actually quite excitement filled. TSN has a trade tracker page up here. I count 25 trades this month alone (26 now, as I type this.. as news just came in that Brad Boyes was dealt to Buffalo). Who even thought Erik Johnson, James Neal or Craig Anderson would be available? It’ll be interesting to see if this deadline finishes with a bang or fizzles out.
As for the Oilers, I don’t expect much at all. Foil contributor Zackman35 had a good comment today about the moves he could see the Oilers making, which inspired my list below… Continue reading 'Trade Deadline Awesomeness'»
Kings interested in Hemsky trade.. are we?
I generally take most rumors with a grain of salt, but I figured I’d mention it here since there is some downtime before the next game. The Fourth Period is reporting that the Kings have shown interest in the Oilers. So… should the Oilers really be interested in moving Hemsky? For me, I’d say it would have to take something quite good in return, especially if the Kings are involved.
On the bad side of things, trading a guy like Hemsky within the conference could be risky. Thankfully we only face the Kings four times per year, however. But I think everyone remembers the pain of trading Pronger within the conference. He’s also easily the best player on the team at the moment. He has a great contract ($4.1M cap hit, expires at the end of next year).
On the good side, he’s one of our more marketable assets, which means he could fetch us a good player. That contract is quite low for a player that is nearly a point-per-game player on a basement dweller. He’s also been fairly injury prone the past few years, so moving him might help in having a body in the lineup that can stay in the lineup.
WHO SHOULD WE TARGET?
So if we’re trading with the Kings, who do we trade for? Well, the obvious one would be Continue reading 'Kings interested in Hemsky – 4th Period'»
Colin Fraser - Traded to the Oilers for a 6th round pick in 2010
Per Dan Tencer’s twitter, and care of Bob Stauffer:
“Oilers deal a 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA centerman Colin Fraser. Thanks to Stauffer for confirming Oilers end of the deal”
Colin Fraser is a 25 year old, 6’1, 188lb centreman from Surrey, B.C.. Last year he had 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points, was +7 and had 44 PIMs. Fraser was 48.8% on the dot in 445 attempts last year with the Blackhawks, and was 6th on the team with 62 hits. He averaged approximately 8 minutes of even strength ice time per game, and roughly 1.5 minutes of short-handed ice time per game last year. He is an RFA as of July 1st, and earned 700k this past year. The Oilers will need to qualify him (at a minimum of 735K, I believe) to retain his rights.
Here is the scouting report on Colin Fraser:
Is aggressive and tenacious on the forecheck. Can play a defensive role and provide energy. Displays a projectable frame and some offensive upside.
Needs to reduce the number of bad penalties he takes in order to thrive as a role player at the NHL level. Must also add bulk to better compete in the corners.
Racki’s comment: purely a depth move, as suggested by Tencer. Does this spell the end of Marc Pouliot with the Oilers though?
Let's get it on!
Well, today is the final day to make any trades, as of 3PM EST (1PM MST). Will we see anything happen, or will it be a whole lot of smoke for nothing?
We figured we’d start up one place to gather all the day’s trades and rumors. We won’t be putting down every dinky little trade, but we’ll discuss some of the bigger ones, Oilers or not.
So far, we have for the Oilers:
Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a 2nd rounder. Denis’ debut was pretty memorable, earning a goal and an assist against his old team last night
Cody Wild to Boston for Matt Marquardt.
Let’s hope Tambellini isn’t done. There is talk of interest in Staios (Washington I think it was) as well as Moreau and Pisani. Pisani got hit pretty hard last night into the end boards, so I’m hoping that he wasn’t hurt at all (anyone?).
Let the games begin! (er.. resume)
Btw, you can monitor the deals on TSN and discuss them in this thread.
There’s already been a few small deals so far.
Oilers deal tracker:
Oilers claim Ryan Jones off waivers from NAS.
Oilers trade Lubomir Visnovsky (nooo) to the Ducks for Ryan Whitney (hooray!) and 6th Round Pick
Oilers trade Steve Staios to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and 3rd Round Pick.