The Oilers have taken risks over the years.
The Oilers would be taking a big risk if they entered this season without adding another body or two to the defence.
We delved into the top six a couple of days ago. Not only is the defence thin as it stands, it becomes a big issue if anyone goes down for any length of time. So with that in the front of your brain, the Oilers should probably find an NHL defenceman once the wheel of injuries (read: Smid catches Swine Flu) spins again.
ASKING ABOUT PAUL RANGER
CBC’s Elliotte Friedman wrote how current Marlies defenceman Paul Ranger suggests he might actually want to remain in the AHL once the season fully gets up and running again. That’s a very interesting take from Paul Ranger, and it’s one that I’m not ready to buy into. As Friedman suggests, it sounds like Ranger may be using a little bit of leverage to try and squeak out the best deal possible. Ranger has had himself a fine time in the AHL this year (5-13-18, 34 PIM, +16 in 29 games with the Marlies. Someone will take a shot at him. As Lowetide has suggested, the Oilers “would be wise to pursue” this one.
Before this season, the 28 year old Ranger appeared in eight games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10. He walked away from the Lightning and coached bantam hockey in his hometown in 2012. No one but Paul Ranger knows why Paul Ranger walked away from the Lightning, but his play with the Marlies (second in scoring among Marlie defencemen) is encouraging. And I think his potential far outweighs the drawback.
He’ll be an NHL-UFA once everything gets settled with the CBA this weekend.
It’s a good time to think about kicking some tires.
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