This is the period during which the Oilers usually do some business. The period from the draft through day one of free agency is usually busy, and one suspects there’s still a few things to do before heading out for vacation.
The Ryan Smyth trade (along with the draft) is most certainly the big ticket item, and the Oilers will have to wait for teams to get shutout at the free agent table before calling about Cogliano, Gilbert and others.
Still, there’s opportunity here and I think we might see something in the next couple of days.
- June 26, 2011: Acquire Ryan Smyth for Colin Fraser and a 7th rd pick.
- June 30, 2010: Trade Patrick O’Sullivan for Jim Vandermeer.
- June 27, 2009: Trade Kyle Brodziak for picks.
- June 30, 2008: Acquire Lubomir Visnovsky for Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene.
The Smyth deal might be the only item before UFA time, but there should be a match out there somewhere in the next 36 hours. The Oilers shopping list might include:
A veteran winger to help with PK/PP and guide the kids at evens. Truculence.
- One or more NHL veteran defensemen.
- A faceoff man to help with PK and to balance the C position.
- A legit option for the moment when goaltending becomes an issue.
The Oilers do have some things they can offer, including cap space, youngsters with talent like Andrew Cogliano, and perhaps a veteran defender like Tom Gilbert if the return is dear.
The world is so connected now that the next time your phone vibrates or you get a text alert or you hit the urinals and look at the television an Oiler deal could hit you. Steve Tambellini just made his best trade as Oilers GM; can he follow it up with something good?