DESTINATION BOSTON?

Lowetide
March 28 2013 10:49PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers have been connected to the Boston Bruins many times since 1979. Some very famous playoff series, a few trades of note and the two clubs have some executives in common over the years, too. This week, the two teams have been associated with trade talks involving names like Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky. 

Is there a match? What could Boston offer?

Watching the Bruins last night, it's pretty obvious they need some blueline help. Their top 4D is solid, led by state of the art defender Zdeno Chara and including veterans Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference and the young and talented Dougie Hamilton. 

Whitney could slide right into the 5-6 role and help on special teams. Although he's not playing at pre-surgery levels, his competition for that job (Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski) isn't terribly stout and Whitney's a good bet to play in front of them.

If the Oilers deal Whitney (and they're playing well with Whitney playing big minutes), Boston could certainly use his talents.

WHAT CAN BOSTON OFFER?

Edmonton has a few things to gain in dealing Whitney. They could finally carry the normal 7 defensemen, and allow Theo Peckham out of the doghouse. They could also shave a few dollars off the payroll, always a nice item for the owner. And of course, there's the asset they get in return. That might be a draft pick, a prospect (the Oilers have a lot of graduating prospects, suspect they'd prefer one in Europe, college or junior).

  • D Matt Barkowski: AHL defender with average size, he was reportedly part of the package for Iginla. He wouldn't be a top 6 option in Edmonton any time soon (unless I'm missing something) and aside from being LH I don't think he has a lot of appeal for the Oilers.
  • R Jordan Caron: AHL winger, 6.03, 204, spent much of the 2010-11 season with the Bruins and is 81, 10-14-24 in his career with Boston. Caron's size and skill set make him an interesting possibility for next season, I could see him being a contender for bottom 6F duties in the fall. Someone to follow if the trade is made.
  • G Niklas Svedberg: Tall, stringbean goalie from Sweden has been outstanding in Providence, and frankly I think the Bruins are more likely to make their current NHL backup (Anton Khudobin) available before this fellow. Currently boasts a .923SP and should be considered an outstanding prospect based on his current season.

WHAT ABOUT DAN DEKYSER?

Trading Whitney for an asset who doesn't need to be added to the big league roster would allow the Oilers to add Dan DeKeyser to their roster without having to move anyone/risk waivers. DeKeyser is going to make his decision sometime in the next 24 hours (based on reports) so it's a consideration. The Oilers have made a presentation, and now they're waiting along with Detroit (considered the favorite) and a few other clubs. 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Ryan Whitney can help the Boston Bruins, and I think there are players in Providence that could make the Oilers system stronger. There's also a certain logic in trading Whitney for a draft pick, and Boston may be in acquisition mode after the events last night.

There's also a growing feeling that the best destination for Ryan Whitney is Edmonton. If that's the case, the Oilers at the deadline could be quiet for the first time in years.

 

C2a6955161684b5e3189319acfa5ebe4
Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on Team 1260.
Avatar
#51 Eddie Shore
March 29 2013, 11:39AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
northof51 wrote:

Let me clarify that I do not think Potter is the answer. I do however think that the Oilers should move Whitney to get SOMETHING in return. They will need to make improvements at D, and that is obvious. Sticking with our current crew is clearly not the answer.

Also, Whitney has 4 times as much time on the PP compared to Potter, and has 5 times the points. Total point production is not the only measure of a player. Whitney has been beyond terrible - we get dominated when he is on the ice (save for for a handful of games this year).

The thing is trading Ryan Whitney is not going to get you a player that will step into the lineup today. He's a pending UFA. I would rather keep him and battle for eighth than trade him for magic beans. To me, that is more valuable to the core group of players than adding another body for next years development camp.

Avatar
#52 Chet134
March 29 2013, 11:45AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

@Oilers_21

Dougie Hamilton will be competing for the Olympic team in five years so ur giving up a lot more than that.

Avatar
#53 CDean
March 29 2013, 12:42PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

not sure if someone else might have mentioned this earlier as I have only read half the comments so far, but pairing Whitney with someone else than Potter or Fistric would probably improve his stats. I know his defensive game is not the best but if we had a true number 1 defenseman or he could fit there until J Shultz arrives and then he should fit on the second pairing.

Avatar
#54 madjam
March 29 2013, 12:44PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Package Khabby , Whitney and Hemsky might get us a first round pick from Boston , but not much more . Whitney alone might not even get us a second rounder or usable body .

Avatar
#55 Racki
March 29 2013, 01:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

I don't think Boston really has much to offer outside of their NHLers. They've got Dougie Hamilton and Malcom Subban (neither of which would be moved), and after that, it drops off severely.

Avatar
#56 Bucknuck
March 29 2013, 01:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
K_Mart wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I40HfH1UiXo&feature=player_embedded

nooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

Damn, that's funny!

Avatar
#57 a lg dubl dubl
March 29 2013, 01:23PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
Eddie Shore wrote:

Murray is a UFA at the end of this year. Why the hell would Tambo give up anything for likely 15 games from him?

Because sometimes you got say fcuk it! lets do all that we can to get into the playoffs now after 6 years of missing out.

And who's to say Murray wouldnt resign if he got traded here?

Avatar
#58 Bucknuck
March 29 2013, 01:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props
Quicksilver ballet wrote:

To even include the names Hemsky and Paajarvi without something tangible coming back the other way is what put us into this mess. All those prospects are just that, prospects. No gaurantee they'll even be a regular NHL player. Whitney and Tuebert/Plante for the Bruins first rounder maybe.

Puck Boston, if a Hemsky and Paajarvi package is available, they should be going after Dale Tallon for Erik Gudbranson, or a more desireable target like that. Chiarelli is screwed already, he's waited too long to better his club.

I agree with this 100%. If you want to trade away NHL players at this point in the "rebuild" (Gads I am hating that word), then you better get NHL players in return.

Any trade that involved MPS better have a big skilled forward coming back. no exceptions.

Avatar
#59 Lochenzo
March 29 2013, 01:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

If I'm the B's, I steal a page from the Flyers who got the Pens to fight a brawl rather than play a game of skill. Add defensive assets to your 5/6 pair and your 3rd line such that you're somewhat comfortable with a match up against Malkin or Crosby.

Avatar
#60 Lochenzo
March 29 2013, 01:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

Of course I'm assuming a B's - Pens matchup. Can't discount the fact that the Habs always seem to have the B's number. Took them to G7 overtime the year the B's won the Cup.

Avatar
#61 EHH Team
March 29 2013, 03:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

It only makes sense to trade expiring UFAs like Whitney & Khabi. You're not going to get value for players with rights or contracts through next season and beyond. Teams are only tinkering and not willing to trade useful players off their rosters. There is no point to dumping a player like Hemsky for a draft pick. Better opportunities for significant trades should happen before the draft when teams are looking to reconfigure their rosters. If need be a player like Hemsky could be a tradeable asset next year at the deadline.

Avatar
#62 pelhem grenville
March 29 2013, 04:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
+1
0
props

...LT is that an E Type Jaguar RAQUEL is posing with ... great wheels and an awesome back end she has...

many thanks sir

Comments are closed for this article.