What is the wildest trade you can think of? Most years, June for Oilers fans is all hat and no cattle. An example? 2013.
- June 29, 2013: This morning, you can make a strong case for the Edmonton Oilers acquiring three players for 2013-14: Braydon Coburn, Cal Clutterbuck and Valeri Nichushkin. It appears all three men are within the grasp of the Oilers this morning. This article has the Oilers dealing for Coburn, with the pricetag being #37 overall and a prospect like Martin Gernat or Joey Laleggia. That’s certainly a fair price for a defender who could reasonably be slotted into the Oilers top 4D. The Clutterbuck deal (for Tyler Pitlick plus) has been out there for some time. It makes sense in that the Oilers wanted to add some toughness to the 3line and certainly Clutterbuck can do that (along with chipping in a few goals and playing the disturber role). Source
- June 30, 2013: Cory Schneider will come at a dear price today, and he’s two years from unrestricted free agency. That means Craig MacTavish must be putting exceptional value on these next two years, and that of course means Coburn and Clutterbuck (should they become Oilers) will no doubt be joined by centermen and wingmen and possibly defensemen. I think we can assume Devan Dubnyk will be in the out basket in due course and maybe that happens today. Other names who could be with other teams today are Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Magnus Paajarvi. I don’t believe Sam Gagner is going to be dealt based on all we’ve heard, but I’ll include him here just in case. Source
None of that happened on draft weekend in 2013 of course. Edmonton drafted Darnell Nurse, made a bunch of draft pick trades and ended up with Marco Roy, two Russians, and laid the groundwork for some trades and six free-agent signings (Andrew Ference, Boyd Gordon, Jason LaBarbera, Jesse Joensuu, Will Acton, Ryan Hamilton).
This is the typical experience for the Oiler fan leading up to and during the draft. Big names, real solutions to problems being discussed as options, and by 2am you are smoking the drapes, trying to find your wallet and making up a story your wife might believe when you get back to the hotel.
Years ago, we were going to get Joni Pitkanen for (I think) Mike Grier and a pick, and we have been one pick away from 900 Hall of Famers since 1990. The Oilers have followed up an irrational pick with ‘we heard New Jersey was going to take him’ while never giving the listener any reason to believe it had occurred to them that the Devils might just be sending out crap as a misdirection.
I know this hockey business must be a tough job, because even the good managers get schooled, lose a lot, miss the playoffs, fire their coach and take Thomas Hickey No. 4 overall.
I get it.
That said, I dream of the day the Edmonton Oilers:
- Make a trade that addresses need so well the ‘need’ drops dead immediately because the solution is so good.
- Make a trade where the best player is coming our way.
- Make a trade where we can all agree a major need was addressed without also making the team extremely weak in another area.
Peter Chiarelli is a veteran general manager who has been assigned the task of turning this crazy bird around. This is the time that NHL teams do business. The need is great, the assets known. Let’s roll.
CHIARELLI’S NEEDS LIST
- Top-pairing D to partner with Klefbom
- Second-pairing RHD to partner with Sekera
- Acquire RHC with some skill
- Backup goalie
CHIARELLI TRADE LIST
List is based on most likely to least likely to be traded:
- Nail Yakupov
- Taylor Hall
- Jordan Eberle
- Benoit Pouliot
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Cap space
- No. 4 overall selection
- Mark Fayne
- Griffin Reinhart
- 2017 1st round selection
My first poll: What do you think of this trade: Subban – Eller for Klefbom-DrySaddle-Fayne-Yak
— Woodguy (@Woodguy55) June 17, 2016
I would make this trade. Would you? I do not have Leon Draisaitl or Oscar Klefbom on the trade list, but would make that trade. You would need to add some value deals on RHD and a RW like Lee Stempniak or P.A. Parenteau. Thoughts?