LOS ANGELES — Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini jumped in on the wheeling and dealing that’s expected to unfold over the next 72 hours by acquiring centre Colin Fraser from the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.

The trade, not yet announced by the Oilers, will see one of Edmonton’s three, sixth-round picks — they have selections at 151st, 162nd and 166 — sent to Chicago for the 25-year-old centre.

Fraser, originally drafted in the third round, 69th overall, from the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 Entry Draft, scored 7-12-19 in 70 games with the Blackhawks this season.

With Tambellini talking about re-shaping his bottom six forwards for next season, Fraser, a six-foot-one, 200-pound pivot who has played parts of four seasons with the Blackhawks, would seem to fit the bill.

More on this Thursday morning.


I got a text tonight from somebody asking if I’d heard anything about Tambellini talking to Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson about what it might take to get the Oilers the fourth pick — the name being tossed out was Ales Hemsky.

File this bit of buzz under the category of "completely unfounded rumours" as of now — and there will be no shortage of those over the next couple of days.

Howson has said he’s not married to the fourth pick and Tambellini said Tuesday he’d like to acquire another first-round selection. That’s a long way from adding up to shipping Hemsky to the Blue Jackets, but it’s worth a call or two tomorrow.

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  • Zamboni Driver

    Was going to call in yesterday to Gregor’s show to talk about Hemsky to C-Bus for the 4, Robin.

    I’d make that move – I’m completely unconvinced about the effort and heart of Hemsky (though not the skill).

    I think he’s like the talented tall kid who would rather be doing anything else but playing hoops, though no one is going to pay him millions to do anything else. He’d probably do well in Columbus where unless you’re a 300 lb second string offensive lineman for the Buckeyes, no one cares who you are.

    And for the #4 in a deep draft…yep, I’d do it.

    • good call- I totally agree. there is no team in Hemmer, it’s all about him. All that skill but what has he done for the team. Our PP is better off without him. In fact our team is better off without him. Move him now while he has value and won’t likely be signing his next contract with the Oil. A #4 pick will go along way in our re-biuld process. Now if only we get #1 right ! I’m hoping for the desparetly needed center this organization has so long been without and can’t seem to acquire.

      • We went from a poor 9-11 place team with Hemsky to a LAST PLACE team after he went down. Hemsky is by far the best player on this terrible team and we should not be letting him slide through our fingers without getting something reasonable in return.

      • ~?

        Did we watch the Oilers this year? In case you were away and just came back from a long trip into the Brazilian Rain Forest, the team just played a year without Hemsky. Your predictions about doing better turned out to be wrong.*

        *See last place finish

        • lol….no kidding and the year before that 08 when he was whinning that he wanted to be the guy. Check out his stats in the last 20 games after that episode. Tough to do anything as a team with a group of AHLers. He is one dimensional, does not back check, does not hit, does not provide grit, shows no heart and is not a point per game player -don’t we have enough of these types. Yes all ingredients that make up basement dwellers. I could take a long trip and unless there is some serious player movements here our results will be the same.

    • Jodes

      I’d want more than just NBR. 4 to begin with . If Hemsky wants to stay then keep him . If he wants/prefers out then maybe trade him but for more than just a NBR.4 pick . Perhaps if Gudblanson ( a possible marquee defenceman to build around )were avaiable and another solid player maybe . Possibly Connoly might go 4th and that might be enticing to some, but not on his own for Hemsky . Two first round picks (this year and next ) with a prospect , maybe ? If Hemsky wants to remain here , i’d keep him as this season might well be the season he finally breaks out with a talent like Hall for example .

  • Crackenbury

    I like it! 6th rounder for character guy with some potential. This move speaks more to a change in the dressing room attitude than anything else. A good start at eliminating some of the entitled players currently in the lineup.

  • MrCondor

    Jacques, Potulny, Pouliot, Comrie and Pisiani are the only RFA/UFA forwards that the Oilers can realistically let go without a contract extension.

    Who is the odd man out now?

    • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

      Pretty sure we will see buyouts or waiver for Nilsson, P’Sullivan and Moreau. Not sure if all three fall into that category, but I won’t be shocked to see all three gone.

    • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

      Sounds like he isn’t afraid to mix it up, works hard and plays a smart simple game. I can’t complain at this point.

      • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

        Ya, one more guy like that and our bottom 6 should be in good shape.

        Add a couple dmen and we could be looking at a decent year next year.

    • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

      He’ll be given the chance to play a bigger role in Edmonton, so really the ball is in his court to prove that he is more then a 4th liner.

  • Rogue

    Watched him play with the Rebels back in the day….was a good leader and hard nosed guy who would always stick his nose in it and stand up for teammates…

    He even had a bit of offensive flair…but gritty as hell and a hard worker…

  • I like this pick-up. I haven’t seen much of Fraser, as he didn’t play much during the play-offs but if he could be our Checking or Energy center it is a good fit.

    What does this say for Cogs? Either he is gone or he is a winger now. Same with Pouliot.

  • Petr's Jofa

    “A checking line center and prime agitator…

    “…draws the most ire on the road from opposing fans and players, brings an agitating style to the table and plays with a snarl.”

    “Even though Fraser is not a big guy, he tallied 165 penalty minutes…”

    “Fraser proved that his aggressive play and determination can lead to offensive opportunities…”

    “Fraser plays an in-your-face style and never gives up on the play…”

    “…he’s not intimidated by anyone. He fights for every inch of real estate on the ice. Most importantly, he is fearless crashing the net and backchecks willingly.”

    “A self-described “heart-and-soul” player…”


    • Petr's Jofa

      Home FaceOff Win%: 47.32

      Road FaceOff Win%: 50.23

      ES TOI/Game: 8:06

      SH TOI/Game: 1:26

      NOTES from NHL.com

      2009-10: Established new career-bests with seven goals, 12 assists and 19 points in 70 regular-season games … Compiled a career-high +5 plus/minus rating … Accrued 15 points (5G,10A) on the road … Collected 14 (6G,8A) of his 18 points after Jan. 1 … Ranked second on the club with six fighting majors … Potted five of his seven goals in the final three games of the season … Posted the first multi-goal game of his career with a pair of markers on April 6 in Dallas, and registered another two goals three days later on April 9 in Colorado … Recorded a season-high two assists on Jan. 2 in St. Louis and again on Jan. 7 in Boston … Compiled a three-game point streak (G,3A) from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2 … Netted his first goal of the season on Dec. 29 in Dallas …. Earned two fighting majors and tallied an assist on Nov. 11 against Colorado. Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year (2005) Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia with Jim Vandermeer and Los Angeles’ 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Chicago selected Bryan Bickell) in 2004 Entry Draft for Alex Zhamnov and Washington’s 4th round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected R.J. Anderson) in 2004 Entry Draft, February 19, 2004.


  • a lg dubl dubl

    maybe this means that the oil are goin to take hall but good pick up none the less, down the middle the oilers now have:


    not to shabby indeed

  • Pajamah

    Nice pick up.

    Doesn’t solve all the Oilers problems, but guys with tenacity who are still hungry (read: not complacent) does help immensely.

    On a seperate note, I freakin’ love Gin, I’m talking love love, not Grandma who always sends birthday cheques for $8.00, but bar waitress who blows you in the bathroom (not speaking from experience, unfortunately)


  • TheGunnShow

    Man, oh man……Another Forward……

    I think the greatest thing that will come out of this season will be the true desire of those want to be in the forward line-up this year.

    We are really going to see who is worthy of a spot on this team with so many players who can fill such a limited number of spots.

  • Cool Beans

    ASSETS: Is aggressive and tenacious on the forecheck. Can play a defensive role and provide energy. Displays a projectable frame and some offensive upside. FLAWS: Needs to reduce the number of bad penalties he takes in order to thrive as a role player at the NHL level. Must also add bulk to better compete in the corners. CAREER POTENTIAL: Energy forward.

    Courtesy of pro hockey forecater