The problem comes in the “Craig MacTavish” portion of the transaction. The last time the Oilers went through a rebuild, they added players both via the draft (Arnott, Smyth, etc) and the trade route. Between the ill-fated Mark Messier trade (the final nail in the dynasty) through the 1994 Craig MacTavish deal Glen Sather brought in a lot of nice talent by offloading quality NHL veterans.
In fact, the trade route was an exceptional procurement source. Let’s have a boo at these beauties, shall we? We’ll begin with the Jari Kurri trade.
- May 1991: Jari Kurri traded to Philadelphia for Scott Mellanby (there were other parts).
- Sept 1991: The Adam Graves-Troy Mallette fiasco.
- Sept 1991: Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr to Toronto for Vincent Damphousse, Luke Richardson and other pieces.
- Oct 1991: Steve Smith for Dave Manson.
- Oct 1991: Messier and Beukeboom and the end of life as we knew it for Nicholls, Debrusk and Steve Rice. (plus David Shaw later).
- December 1992: Kevin Lowe for Roman Oksuita.
- March 1993: Esa Tikkanen for Doug Weight.
- March 1994: Craig MacTavish for Todd Marchant.
The Oilers are apparently shopping any and all of Souray, Moreau, Staios and Pisani for this deadline.
- The Sharks don’t have much cap room (way less than 1M) and the Oilers have quite a bit now because of all the injuries (if I’m reading capgeek correctly the Oilers have between $1.7M and $2.4M in space).
- The Sharks have Logan Couture.
- The Oilers don’t have one damn thing San Jose needs and can afford. At least they don’t have anything they’re willing to trade.
This rebuild is going to be more about “draft” than “trade.”