Curtis Glencross has certainly been a welcome addition to the Edmonton Oilers. When we last talked about the trade deadline and possible deals, I thought the Oilers might get a 3rd rd pick for Dick Tarnstrom. Lowe did way better than that, getting a live body who helped kick start the 4line (Brodziak moving to center, Stortini finding a home), a threesome that has been as effective as anybody (in a very small window) since that ridiculous Jim Dowd trio at the turn of the century.
Last time I listed Staios, Stoll, Pitkanen, Tarnstrom and Roloson. Tarnstrom is off the list this time, and I’ve added two more for your consideration.
- Jarret Stoll: Since the last update, he’s played 9 games (4-2-6, E with 3 PP goals) and has had several terrific games in the faceoff circle. He’s had an impact on both special teams and looks as good as he has at any time since the dual concussion problem of a year ago. I’m pulling for the guy, but suspect he’s still trade bait because Lowe is gasping for air against the cap. Last time I suggested he’d bring someone like Tambellini in return, this time I’ll upgrade to Tambellini and a pick.
- Steve Staios: He’s also had a nice run recently as the Oilers have had some good things going on. I liked his rugged play last night where he gave no quarter and he’s been in the right place at the right time a lot lately. Healthy and effective, he should bring back a solid young defender who is already playing at the NHL and is a bargain for next season.
- Joni Pitkanen: Has some “wow” factor because he can do some things with the puck most others aren’t able to do, Pitkanen has multiple reps (“lacks grit”, “uncoachable”) and every day he goes unsigned tells us there’s a chance he’ll be dealt. Oilers should get an NHL defender and a high pick in return if you believe in the theory that NHL D is at a premium deadline day.
- Dwayne Roloson: With all the shoddy goaltending in the NHL currently, I can see the Oilers being able to unload him. The payback isn’t important, but getting this contract off the books for next season helps the Oilers in their efforts to keep players like Stoll and Staios.
- Marty Reasoner: Some of us think he is being showcased. Marty is playing well, healthy and can do a variety of secondary things (FO circle, PK) that become vital for role players deep in the playoffs. I think he’s gone.
- Matt Greene: I know he’s coming off injury but to my eye Greene is being passed by all the other kids. An attractive contract moving forward and on a team that could use both a veteran on D and perhaps someone who can move the puck well as Pitkanen insurance, Greene is the obvious choice to go among the younger defenders.