From the Edmonton Sun on June 4, 2008:
“I think there’s potential there that we could conceivably do a three-for-one type deal that would make sense for us where we bring in a (high-end forward). In the past we’ve generally traded one-for-three. Now we have an opportunity to do the opposite. But these are all good players we’re talking about, so it would have to be somebody exceptional coming in.”
—Edmonton Oilers head coach and all around head busta Craig MacTavish
Oh MacT, you tease! Honestly, who does that? These are the kinds of articles and the kinds of quotes that keep us at our computer on a beautiful sunny day, dreaming about a minus 30 night in February when the Oil are playing. Don’t do that!
On the one hand, MacT is talking about keeping Pitkannen around, then lays that golden gift at the feet of the Nation. If the Oilers got an “exceptional” player, you could reserve us a room at the U of A Cardiac Arrest ward immediately.
When Pronger and Peca were announced as coming to the Oilers in 2005, we were on a houseboat in the Okanagan. When we heard the news and saw the press conference, we wanted to jump off the boat, swim to shore and drive home so we could walk up to anyone, ANYONE we saw in the streets and say “DID YOU HEAR?!?!?!?”
What “exceptional” player should the Oilers go after? Spezza (rumoured to be available)? Lecavalier (doubtful, but exceptional)? Todd Gill (not exceptional)?
What “exceptional” players are out there?