A funny thing happened on the way to logic and reason. Or, that may be how things go this month for the Edmonton Oilers. Armed with a terrific forward group but lacking in righty D, adding two RHD would seem to be the busy work of summer.
A few things to discuss this afternoon, let’s start with a quick reminder about what might be available (ranking is mine) and what is needed:
CHIARELLI’S AVAILABLE LIST
- Benoit Pouliot
- Mark Fayne
- Nail Yakupov
- No. 4 overall selection
- Young LHD (Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart, Brandon Davidson)
- Cap space
- 2017 1st round selection
- Jordan Eberle
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Leon Draisaitl
- Taylor Hall
CHIARELLI’S NEEDS LIST
- Top-pairing D to partner with Klefbom (Jason Demers, Justin Faulk)
- Second-pairing RHD to partner with Sekera (Tyson Barrie/Sami Vatanen)
- Acquire RHC with some skill (Small group available. Andrew Shaw? Tommy Wingels? Tyler Bozak?)
- Backup goalie (Jhonas Enroth, James Reimer)
- Offload unwanted contract (Lauri Korpikoski)
Based on some of the items out there today, we might want to add some more significant names, like P.K. Subban and Hampus Lindholm.
LeBrun: If Lucic were to become UFA, "#Oilers would definitely make him an offer July 1 and I think Lucic would be open to the destination."
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) June 3, 2016
- Bob McKenzie, TSN690 Montreal this week: The Edmonton Oilers feel the need to make some significant change. Anaheim is a team with a huge number of question marks in terms of personnel decisions that need to be made. Are they going to be able to sign both Lindholm and Vatanen on the blueline, or are they going to trade one of those guys. Source
You could draw a line from a Lucic signing to a Hall trade to a Hampus Lindholm acquisition. That does not mean it has ever been discussed, but it does not require a degree in daydreaming to put these things together.
- What does it all mean? I would not trade Taylor Hall, full stop. It is folly. One assumes this (if it is real) would be a discussion rather than an actual trade. Lindholm would be a dandy option, I really like him—but for me, Hall trade talk is a non-starter. Peter Chiarelli may have a different opinion. As for Lucic, we have talked about it chapter and verse on this blog, recently here. Repeating: I believe, if Lucic reaches free agency, Chiarelli will pursue him to Kashmir and back with offers of riches untold. Seriously.
CALL AND RESPONSE
- If PC sends away Hall and returns Lindholm and Lucic, how mad are you?
NOW, BACK TO REALITY
More likely scenario is Lucic opens up the Pouliot+ for Vatanen idea that was allegedly discussed at the deadline. https://t.co/YSTyhZrCoy
— Tyler Hupka (@HBomb1982) June 3, 2016
Milan Lucic represented by Gerry Johannson who also has Ducks RFA D Sami Vatanen https://t.co/CPu9GgvAAU
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) June 3, 2016
This scenario makes sense to me, and has less Gravol involved. If I am Anaheim and Peter Chiarelli is listening, then the Hall talk never leaves the front page of the conversation. He would be a brilliant addition to that Ducks team.
- Pierre Lebrun: Restricted free-agent blue-liner Tyson Barrie needs a new contract and if the Colorado Avalanche feel like they can’t re-sign him, they’ll no doubt look to see what the trade route can bring. The Oilers, in desperate need of top-four help, I believe would be among the bidders on Barrie if Colorado decides to go the trade route. Source
Please click on the link and read, Lebrun has a ton there and I am breaking my 24-hour rule. I think, based on Pierre and Bob and logic, Tyson Barrie to Edmonton for some combination of players is at least somewhat possible. Nuge? Don’t know, Bob McKenzie mentioned the Avs need defense when he was on TSN1260 with Nielson and Fraser this morning. So, maybe it is that LHD for RHD we have discussed.
Two things I do believe:
- Peter Chiarelli and Milan Lucic may be doing business this summer.
- Edmonton is aggressively pursuing Tyson Barrie. There is too much out there for this to be nothing.
More tomorrow morning, sooner if something breaks.