Listening to the Hot Stove and reading online this morning, there appears to have been a brief conversation between Boston GM Peter Chiarelli and Oiler head man Steve Tambellini. For Oiler fans, it feels exactly like watching those two hayseeds trying to bring in Josey Wales (“careful, Virg”) and the outcome could indeed set the team back forever.
Having said that, if there’s an advantage to trading down Oilers fans should embrace it. The Bruins (based on this article) are as undecided as the Oilers claim they are later in the same story.
IF the Bruins prefer Hall and Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor feels Tyler Seguin (complete with massive brain and impressive test results from the combine) is the better long term bet, then the Oilers should discuss a deal with the Bruins.
What can they get in return? I’ve read everything from Tim Thomas (??????) to Blake Wheeler, but for me a high draft pick (Bruins have another 1 plus an early 2) should be the asking price. Chicago plucked Dave Bolland with an early 2nd in an average draft year.
If the Oilers do trade down (or more likely agree to pass on Taylor Hall and select Seguin #1 overall), then the best possible return would be more bullets for the Magnificent Bastard.