This time around the Edmonton Oilers will not be sellers. Any trade they make will bring back tools they can use for the stretch run: experienced blue, a center with faceoff skills and perhaps a left winger who can play on the top 2 lines. And a goalie to backup Roloson.
Any fool knows the Oilers will need to give in order to get, and here’s my list of possibles:
- Erik Cole. His name is here for a few reasons: he’s a UFA in summer and it is reasonable to assume that the Oilers can be persuaded to trade him in exchange for useful, younger players. I’ve read Boston and Pittsburgh as possible locations and it’s also reasonable that this trade could happen at any minute. The team acquiring a future UFA may feel every game is vital and could force the issue. Names I’ve heard include Vladimir Sobotka and Matt Hunwick from Boston, and Ryan Whitney from Pittsburgh (although that would need to be a bigger deal).
- Marc Pouliot. When the season is on the line and the coach sends you to sit by Rod Phillips, you are in trouble. I think Pouliot could be a player, but at this point (132 career NHL games) we’re probably seeing a crossroads (and another team) in his future.
- 2009 1st rounder. The Oilers have a head coach bleeding out and are extremely likely to use any non-NHL asset that is handy. Other teams will value a top 20 pick in the summer.
- Dustin Penner. I think it’s fairly clear that Penner is not a good fit for this coach and if the opportunity to send him away for 75 cents on the dollar arises it’ll get done.
- Robert Nilsson. He might have some value in an “Edmonton Oilers trade Robert Nilsson and their first round pick to a team for a better current LW option” kind of way.
- Theo Peckham. I don’t think they’ll do it, but a team looking to move a Jay McKee type (McKee’s cap number and length of contract make a deal for him specifically unlikely) would certainly be interested in a tough D on the cusp.