Wednesday at 1 Edmonton time, the trade deadline will close the curtain on the transaction window until the postseason. For Edmonton, that’s just a few weeks, but trades are rare during the playoffs so this is the last chance Texaco until the draft window.
TRADE DEADLINE VALUE TABLE
- Ales Hemsky: First-round draft pick (or a second and a fourth).
- Nick Schultz: A third round pick.
- Ryan Smyth: A fourth round pick.
- Corey Potter: A fourth round pick.
- Anton Belov: A fourth round pick.
- Ilya Bryzgalov: A fourth round pick.
- Jesse Joensuu: A fourth round pick.
- Taylor Fedun: A fourth round pick.
- Mark Fraser: A fourth round pick.
- Luke Gazdic: A fifth round pick.
- Ryan Jones: A sixth round pick.
- Denis Grebeshkov: A seventh round pick.
- Ben Eager: A seventh round pick.
I’ve underlined the players who seem to be getting some ink around the internet these days. I’m hoping for a trade today or tomorrow and then a flurry of deals on deadline day. My guess remains three trades overall and four picks coming back. I think Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Smyth go, with Ilya Bryzgalov, Corey Potter and Anton Belov as possibles. Based on the number of scouts watching the Barons it’s reasonable to suggest one of the possible callups could be dealt too. Chicago dealing an AHL player (Pirri) for picks might be a template for a Lander or Arcobello deal.
JIM MATHESON’S HOCKEY WORLD
There was a time when Jim Matheson would bat .500 at a deadline or draft, but the Tambellini era was a no-hitter for most. Is Matty back? He threw out a few predictions last night in the EJ, and here they are.
- He has Hemsky going to Phoenix and says the Oilers are trying hard for a second round pick.
- He predicts Nick Schultz to Boston and mentions a “medium” draft pick as the return. I predicted a third, which to my mind is a little better than a medium.
- He mentions Ryan Smyth and slyly throws San Jose out. I think that’s a great match for 83.
In 2011 July 1, she tweeted out the signings about 15 minutes before each of them happened, missing on one (she had them signing Konopka, but everything else was solid). So, I’m going to list her rumors from March 1, it’ll be fun to see if she gets one or two right (which is more than most).
- Ducks, Wild and Bruins are talking about Nick Schultz
- Scrivens offered a 3-year extension by Oilers.
- Leafs, Coyotes, Canucks and Kings have called after Gagner.
- Penguins and Habs interested in Jones
- Preds and Sabres interested in Anton Lander
- Bryzgalov offered 1-year deal, declined and now they’re actively shopping him with interest from Pittsburgh.
- Rangers frontrunners on Hemsky, also interested in Smyth.
I think the Oilers have some decent callup options (Lander, Arcobello, Horak, Pitlick, Fedun, Klefbom) once the deals are made. We’ll know a lot about what they think of these prospects, because if they don’t get the call it’s reasonable to question their future with the team. Also, once they’re recalled do they sit or play? Do they play a role that suits their skill set? It’s all straight ahead.
My guesses for recall? Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick, Oscar Klefbom.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning on TSN 1260, it’s all about trade deadline this week. I’ll be part of a special deadline show Wednesday from 10 to 2, along with Dave Jamieson and Jason Strudwick. Today, deadline deals are the subject at hand, and scheduled to appear:
- Scott Burnside, ESPN. Scott is all over the trade deadline, we’ll get the latest from him to start the show.
- Travis Yost, Hockeybuzz. Travis covers the Senators, who are in Edmonton tomorrow night. Hemsky destination?
- Ryan Batty, Copper and Blue. What would he like to see the Oilers do at the deadline?
- Marc Majeau, TSN 1260. Marc was at the outdoor/indoor game in Vancouver, I’ll ask him how many coffees he drank.
- Richard Cloutier, Puckrant. Richard has his finger on the pulse of the deadline, we’ll get the latest.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. Breaking trades? Connor will play the music, usually after we announce it. That’s the strength of our show. Stay tuned!