We must ask ourselves “why?” and the answer of course is “to wait for the day when we can give away 3 prospects for 1 established NHL player.”
I believe the photo illustrates the idea nicely, but if there’s still doubt about the concept we can look to Garth Snow this time last season when he unloaded the 15th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Robert Nilsson and Ryan O’Marra for one Ryan Smyth.
Of course that kind of trade makes sense only if you’re “loading up” for the stretch run. The playoffs need to be in sight, your club needs to be able to see 8th place on a clear day.
So Kevin Lowe (or “Mr. 50 contracts”) entered the week by losing Patrick Thoresen on waivers and then his captain decided to test the strength of wood. The Edmonton Oilers at this time appear to define that old phrase “neither fish nor fowl”: They don’t really have any interesting players AND if they acquire one more unproven prospect the collective will puke into a Tim Horton’s “rrrroll-up-the-rim-to-wwwwwwwin” cup.
So here were are, between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Unlikely to do much because Staios and Roloson and Reasoner are either too dear price and salary wise or not really available to other teams. A team might come calling for a Schremp or a Pouliot but all 30 teams have guys like that so it’s a “changing the deck chairs” type of deal.