Names in Play

The list of players being shopped at the entry draft this summer is both real and spectacular. Teams like Boston appear to be shopping a Phil Kessel because of cap worries, and clubs like Colorado are shopping a Ryan Smyth because they’ve decided to go into full rebuild mode.

We’ve been focused on the Jay Bouwmeeseter’s and Dany Heatley’s of the world, but there are plenty of fish in the sea at this year’s entry draft and a few of these men could help the Oilers 09-10 in a big way.

Based on media reports we can make some assumptions with regard to the Oilers:

  • they are hesitant to deal Cogliano
  • Gilbert is showing up in rumors
  • so does O’Sullivan
  • Grebeshkov remains unsigned
  • Roloson looks less likely by the day
  • Kotalik is also a distant bell at this point
  • the Oilers want a “first shot scorer” for the Hemsky line
  • they’re in the Heatley race

Some of the names out there and apparently available:

  • Dany Heatley, Ottawa
  • Jay Bouwmeester’s rights, Florida
  • Josh Harding, Minnesota
  • Phil Kessel, Boston
  • Ryan Smyth, Colorado
  • Patrick Marleau, San Jose
  • Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay
  • Alex Frolov, Los Angeles
  • Daniel Briere, Philadelphia

We know that Steve Tambellini has taken a measured approach to re-shaping this club (Kevin Lowe made his first trade early in the 2nd rd of the 2000 entry draft, very soon after taking the job) and that he may have different trading partners than Kevin Lowe but so far has been shopping at the same stores (Tambellini has done business with Los Angeles, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Carolina so far by my count).

We also know that (according to Jason Gregor) ownership has given the green light to Tambellini in his pursuit of Heatley. Despite all kinds of rumors in regard to Edmonton being on the outside in these negotiations, we keep reading this kind of thing:

The Oilers have some young players the Senators would be interested in, such as defenceman Tom Gilbert and forward Patrick O’Sullivan. Centre Andrew Cogliano has also been mentioned, but the Oilers have let it be known that they won’t trade him. There was some thought the Oilers would make a pitch for Florida defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, a native Edmontonian, but they’ve decided they’d like to score a few more goals, for a change.

The article is here. We’ve seen these words enough for them to be considered at least in the ballpark of truth. The remnants of the story we don’t have a handle on are the 4M dollars (and Edmonton’s willingness to make the deal before July 1) and the pick at #10 (which is sometimes listed in the items heading east).

Fun week. I like Tambellini’s measured response to things so far, and frankly would rather see the Oilers do nothing than make a massive overpay for an extremely expensive sniper. It’s out there, though.

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