July 05 2014 07:00AM
According to pretty much every sports journalist in Philadelphia, Vincent Lecavalier is on the trade block.
Understandably, some in Edmonton have suggested him as a fit for the Oilers. He’s a reasonably big name, he’d add some size up the middle (6’4”, 215 pounds) and he’s still a very capable scorer.
It’s a bad idea.
July 04 2014 03:45PM
With it now seemingly obvious that the Oilers will attempt to rectify their lack of NHL centres via trade rather than free agency, it might be helpful to look at what assets the team has at its disposal. Exactly what can Edmonton afford to send the other way?
July 03 2014 06:29PM
Dallas Eakins gave a wide-ranging interview from the Oilers summer orientation camp on Thursday, but understandably much of the discussion focused on the young centre that Edmonton took third overall in June’s draft. Can Leon Draisaitl help fill the hole in the middle of the Oilers’ forward depth chart as early as next season?
July 02 2014 02:13PM
The St. Louis Blues are stacked at centre. Paul Stastny and KHL star Jori Lehtera (who looks like he’ll be a top-nine forward immediately) join a group that already had a pretty good quartet in David Backes, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund and Max Lapierre.
It’s been suggested that the Blues would probably be very willing to move Berglund. Is he a fit in Edmonton?
July 01 2014 07:45PM
It’s possible to question the defencemen Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish added to the team’s blue line this week. It’s possible to argue that contracts were handed out that were too rich or for too many years. It’s extremely fair to note the lack of high-end players on the blue line.
But what is inarguable is that Edmonton’s defence has been dramatically improved from where it was a year ago. As far as I’m concerned, MacTavish deserves a lot of credit for taking the worst defensive group in the NHL and turning them into something vaguely resembling a major-league blueline group.