The Edmonton Oilers recalled Oscar Klefbom this afternoon, which could
mean the ball is rolling. Or it could mean diddly. Such is the life of
an Edmonton Oilers fan. Most NHL fans are anticipating their team’s next
game, hoping for a win and a pile of goals. In our town? F5 F5 F5 F5 F5
F5 F5 F5 F5 F5.
WHAT WILL THE TRADE LOOK LIKE?
“But there’s no question MacTavish is looking for a goaltender. There’s
no question he’s looking for a centre. And, I mean, he wouldn’t turn
his nose up at a good defenceman either.” Source
Goalie? Center? And maybe defense? Lordy. Okay, among centermen I think we have the list of possibles surrounded:
- Lars Eller, Montreal. Two-way center with some size and skill. Loves the Oilers.
- Artem Anisimov, Columbus. Responsible two-way player with size and some skill.
- Patrik Berglund, St. Louis. The NHL’s most traded man, he’s still in Missouri.
- Zack Smith, Ottawa. A solid checking center who can score a little.
- David Legwand, Ottawa. Veteran C finding it hard to impact on a team drunk with centers.
- Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh. Checking C with some offense, Oilers don’t employ many Sutters.
- Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia. It’s amazing he’s not already here based on volume of rumors.
- Chris Kelly, Boston. Checking C has a big contract, probably wouldn’t cost a lot.
- Mike Richards, Los Angeles. Massive and long contract, buyer beware but he’s a nice fit.
- Torrey Mitchell, Buffalo. He might be a nice addition but lacks offensive ability for 2C role.
- Darren Helm, Detroit. Always liked him, doubt he’s available but let’s list him for fun.
- Eric Staal, Carolina. Just in case.
- Anders Lee, NY Islanders. Interesting possibilities, Islanders have 400 nice centers.
- Kyle Brodziak, Minnesota. He should be here already.
Fair? Feel free to throw more names on the board, but that looks like the list from here.
honestly have no idea where to start. Here’s a list of guys I
would like but this is like choosing vodka: They’ll all get you there
but some make you feel awful in the morning.
- Robin Lehner, Ottawa. The Senators have never been too convinced of him, perhaps he’s movable.
- Michal Neuvirth, Buffalo. He’s actually having a decent season.
- Dustin Tokarski, Montreal. He’s playing very well, might get him with an overpay.
that, I simply don’t know. I assume Edmonton wants to add a goalie who
might be an upgrade on what they have, and even then I’m not certain the
three men listed here hurdle that requirement.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
the Oilers come back from this road trip with David Legwand and Robin
Lehner, will it move the needle? I don’t think bold is out there, and
sexy won’t be back until spring.