I was overrun with trade questions and ideas today on the Lowdown, the entire Oilers Nation appears to be either trying to oust Peter Chiarelli or aggressively help him with the chores. I’m not certain why some of us think Patrick Marleau or Scott Hartnell would be heading here—Edmonton’s issues remain an up the middle problem, mostly on defense in my opinion—but it did get me thinking about possible solutions to the problem.
This blog suggested Peter Chiarelli would be active in-season, and I still think that’s likely. Edmonton’s poor start means (to me) it is more likely we see patience until the deadline, unless a substantial deal for current and long term can be found in the coming days.
LeBrun: "I think for sure Peter Chiarelli would like to make a move. I think he's talked to teams, but it's hard." Others seek D too #Oilers
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) November 9, 2015
I think Peter Chiarelli is probably willing to give up substantial assets, including cap room this season, if there’s an opportunity to acquire a defenseman who can help this season and into the future. I think he would be looking for a:
- right-handed player who can move the puck
- strong power-play option
- young enough to grow with the group
- under control (RFA)
- big shot from the point a positive
That’s fair, I think. Let’s see if we can find some of these guys.
This is sorted by TOI, as it’s unwise to be comparing a lot of these numbers across teams and roles. I think Peter Chiarelli is looking into this area of the NHL’s defensive talent pool, perhaps it’s wider (players who have signed long-term deals and are under control for up to four years down the road (Jonas Brodin). After that, I’m not sure about the wisdom of trading for a Dustin Byfuglien in the months before his free agency. Where’s the gain? Why give up the assets?
- Darnell Nurse—Andrej Sekera
- Oscar Klefbom—Sami Vatanen
- Griffin Reinhart—Justin Schultz