Gilbert rumours: the buzz and the lowdown

Robin Brownlee
February 11 2010 02:29PM

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Is Tom Gilbert being fitted for a Columbus Blue Jacket? The answer, despite buzz being generated today by an item on the website The Fourth Period, is no better than "maybe."

First I'll pass along the buzz, Then, you'll get the lowdown. The Fourth Period reported the following today:

 

"Could the two teams sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference find a way to help each other before the March 3 trade deadline?

 

It appears they're trying.  According to sources, the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets have been scouting each other lately and are involved in trade discussions.

The Blue Jackets had a scout attending last night's Oilers game in Anaheim, while Oilers director of pro scout Morey Gare was in Columbus yesterday.

It's believed the Blue Jackets are interested in Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, though it's uncertain if Edmonton is willing to move him. The Oilers, meanwhile, are looking to acquire a top-six forward.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who used to work for the Oilers prior to joining Columbus, has indicated that he won't part with R.J. Umberger, though the team may be willing to deal Kristian Huselius."

 

Bottom line? The possibility of a trade between the Oilers and Blue Jackets does exist, as Howson suggested to Jason Gregor and I last week on Gregor's show on TEAM 1260, but there's nothing on the table right now.

THE LOWDOWN

While it's true Gare was in Columbus the other night and the Blue Jackets had pro scout Bob Strumm keeping tabs in Anaheim Wednesday, the teams aren't actively involved in trade discussions at this point, and that's straight from Howson himself. We talked today.

Howson did have some very general discussions with Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe over a week ago, but nothing specific, not even the loose framework of a possible deal, was talked about. In addition to that, Howson hasn't even talked to Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.

That doesn't mean Howson won't catch up with Lowe and Tambellini before the March 3 trade deadline to explore possibilities, but it's premature in the extreme to assume there's anything on the front burner.

As an aside, while the assumption is Gilbert is the player on Howson's radar, and there's no question there's interest there, No. 77 might not be the only possibility. What about Denis Grebeshkov?

Gilbert is a $4-million cap hit and has four years remaining on his contract after this season. Grebeshkov on a one-year deal worth $3.15 million and is a restricted free agent July 1.

In any case, don't expect any developments between the Oilers and Blue Jackets before tomorrow's roster freeze going into the Olympic break.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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#51 RossCreekNation
February 11 2010, 09:40PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Being colour blind and all I just noticed.. You posted a link!!!

Anywho, what would we want from philly for Moreau?

Any draft choice ending in "th" would be nice (4th, 5th, 6th or 7th rounder)

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#52 Reagan
February 12 2010, 06:43AM
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So Tambo has let the league know the team is for sale... LOL

Maybe some of those scouts actually want members of this team...

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#53 Reagan
February 12 2010, 07:34AM
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It looks as if the Oilers were scouting Detroit last night in San Jose. Hmmm, Some swedes would be nice... lol

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#54 michael clarke
February 13 2010, 09:08AM
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I like Gilbert at 4 million a year. Has played awful this year and has regressed a little . Grebby is good to go as far as I am concerned. Cripes how many turnovers in your own end can a guy make before the coach sits him. "If" he returns next year. I would certainly not be looking to pay him 3 million plus. He has proven he is not at that level. Howson needs to put a winning team together sooner than later. He is under the gun. He fired Hitchcock, has given into player demands so to say by doing so. I would think that he is looking for more experience on the backend rather than players with potential. Columbus needs a winner next year. I think that a Souray or Visnovsky deal is more in line with Howson's plan for next year rather than a Gilbert or Grebeshkov. It would send a message to the fans of Columbus that they are commited to winning right now.Not 5 years fron now. The Oilers have the luxury of waiting. THe fans in this city understand whats going on with the Oilers. They know that a guy like Gilbert will be in his prime when the team once again starts winning. We hope. Knock on wood.

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#55 nichael clarke
February 13 2010, 09:20AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

If it were Horcoff?

Horcoff? The GM who makes that trade should be fired immediatly if not sooner. Were stuck with him. 7.5 for maybe 25 points this year. I know the mantra. He'll never be able to live up that contract. But cripes Horcoff shouldn't be playing like a 1st year rookie either. His plus minus is as bad as it gets. Anybody notice Blair Betts getting a 2 year extension(700,000 per) yesterday from the Flyers. Oops forgot. We are not suppose to need a centerman who can win faceoffs and penalty kill for 550000.Exactly how much less is that than Horcoff?

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