As we wait for Peter Chiarelli to make his first trade, information seems to be running at a slower rate than during the MacT and Lowe era’s. This is to be expected, as Chiarelli is a veteran GM and has no doubt learned sharing your thoughts with the media is a terrible idea. And yet, there is information arriving from sources and today’s item is interesting.
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) June 4, 2015
It’s a much younger group than many of us thought it would be, and that’s good news. It shows (imo) that the idea of going with less proven goalies—something we feared would be scrapped with the Scrivens experiment—may still be in play.
I like the Talbot idea, Gibson isn’t someone I thought would be available and the Lehner train has had some injury issues (and his 13-14 season wasn’t spectacular). The great thing about this trio? No long term contract for a 30+ plus goalie. The bad thing about it? Unproven goalies. Personally, I’d rather go this route, because even if you sign Antti Niemi and he has a good season, then what?
Having said that, there is risk involved and if the Oilers have poor goaltending again next year there’s going to be more hell than a little bit. The Oilers currently have Ben Scrivens, Laurent Brossoit and Eetu Laurikainen under contract for next season, and if they add Cam Talbot things look miles better for the future. Is that enough cover?
We don’t have a Peter Chiarelli trade to discuss yet, but he’s fishing in a very interesting part of the talent pool.
- More from Lebrun: Edmonton is inquiring about all the young goalies that may or may not be available, which exactly what they should be doing. I’m not really sure, though, that Anaheim is interested in making a move there at this point. Source
The question then becomes, does Chiarelli stop there? Does he acquire Talbot AND add another goalie? We wait.