Rumors

Lowetide
June 21 2011 07:49AM

It's only Tuesday, but the rumors are flooding in. Last night, the Ryan Smyth story broke and frankly has to be the best headline for Oiler fans in years involving an established player. Today? The exit list.

First of all, it's best not to talk about the players who have little or no value. Nikolai Khabibulin, Sheldon Souray and others have issues that lower their trade value. Last season as an example, many Oiler fans thought ST could trade some overpriced and underachieving veteran for value; in fact, prospect Riley Nash was cashed in for a pick in the top 50 but the veterans were either bought out, traded for an impending buyout or hung around for another season of mediocrity in Edmonton, OKC or Hershey.

According to a story by Michael Russo, there are a few Oilers in play.

  • Ales Hemsky: Veteran will enter the final year of his contract in the fall and it is unknown if he'll re-sign. Columbus has a pick in the top 8 and Scott Howson would be very familiar with 83. I suspect this trade would only happen if the right player is available at the time of choosing.
  • Tom Gilbert: There's always a need for veteran defensemen with a nice range of skills. Gilbert is a finesse defender who can move the puck well, has mobility and is a very good shot blocker. NJD and Detroit might be teams interested in Gilbert.
  • Andrew Cogliano: I  think Toronto will be very interested in Cogs, and with #25 and #30 that might be stronger currency for other NHL teams. I'd be a little surprised if Cogliano leaves, as coach Renney seemed to be growing him into a 2-way player (or trying like hell to, anyway) and at least on the surface there seemed to be progress.
  • Sam Gagner: I am a little surprised to see Gagner's name here, the Oilers have a solid young center and they don't grow on trees. However, with RNH likely in the fold Friday night the organization may feel they can afford to send him away.

Personally, I'd like to see the Oilers add Ryan Smyth today and a veteran center like Brooks Laich on July 1. The top 14 forwards might look like this (C-L-R):

  • Horcoff-Hall-Eberle
  • Gagner-Smyth-Hemsky
  • Laich-MP-Omark
  • Cogliano-Hartikainen-Jones
  • Brule-Fraser

Defense is still a major issue, and Super Bowl Sunday is a big one too, but there's a veteran on every line and some of these kids are really good.

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#101 Oilfan00
June 21 2011, 06:05PM
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I don't think Cogs will ever be a legit 3C or 4C, I think if we can move him for even a high second then thats fine. Sign Konopka or Fiddler (Hopefully not too hard) and we already have a bigger center who can actually win a faceoff.

If the Oilers trade down from #1 I will lose it.

I hope they don't trade Gagner but if we got a good return then ok, if we drafted RNH then I think we could look into trading Hemsky and moving Gagner to RW (I think he would make a better RW then C, he is a good player but not a good center).

Lastly LA will not trade Smyth for guys they are going to buy out, he plays in their top six and they have cap space, they might do Smyth for Brule and Cogs or something like that (Brule and Chorney) but they won't give him away.

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#102 Oilfan00
June 21 2011, 06:06PM
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LT In your opinion do you think Hemsky alone gets 8 from the jackets? Or even 9 from the Bruins?

I don't think he does and I like Hemsky but given his injuries and the UFA status I don't see a team trading a top 10 pick for him.

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#104 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2011, 06:40PM
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Think i'd rather have the Oilers bring in Rick Rypien rather than Konopka. Rypien atleast has NHL wheels underneath him. If MacIntyre isn't in the lineup atleast there's still Rick to deal with the piss'n vinegar issues.

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#105 Oilfan00
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Lowetide wrote:

I think Columbus should be all over that trade to be honest. Bruins not so much, but I think Hemsky is worth either selection. If Howson could somehow be assured Hemsky would sign long term, that trade (Hemsky for #8) would be outstanding value for the Jackets.

Thanks

(agreed if Hemsky signs with the jackets, if thats the case I think 8 and something is in order if Hesmky doesn't Im not sure about the 8th pick, Hemsky helps the jackets but I dont know if he makes them a playoff team and by no means a contender so for a one year thing 8th overall might be steep).

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#106 Pisani's Irish Cousin
June 21 2011, 07:52PM
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Just posted my top 65. http://puckpassionate.blogspot.com/

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#107 Oilfan00
June 21 2011, 07:53PM
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LT Or Bownlee:

If the Oilers take RNH and in camp he holds is own and plays well (as in is a top 6 or 9 player and plays on the PP) but lacks the physical side at the moment to play center with consistency do you think it would be better for his development to play wing his first year or better to go back and play center at Red Deer?

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