It has been talked about for months now that the Oilers are in the market for another defenseman. Bob Stauffer mentioned a “WOW” move on his Oilers Now radio show, and ever since then the rumor mill has been churning.
More recently Mr. Stauffer has said the likely hood of said “Wow” move is doubtfull. However I believe the team is still in the market for a d-man, just not the top 4 type we would attach the word wow too. I think it most probable that the team is in the market for a 5/7 type veteran guy that will bolster the young defensive core. This is not news to anyone, but today I’ll look at probable trade partners for the Oilers and what these teams may have to offer. Please note that these are just my thoughts, not any official rumors and I have zero, zilch, no sources what so ever, unless of course you account for the guys I sit next to at the pub.
This year I think the chances of inter-conference teams trading amongst each other is low, due to the fact that only playing within the conference this year, teams won’t want to trade with the competition.
It seems that the Buffalo Sabres needs and the Oilers needs would be a match made in trade heaven. The Oilers have a couple of young forwards and a few veteran guys that seem ripe for the trade market.
The Sabres have a plethora of D and are a little short on the wing which would make for a decent trade partner when you look at what each team may be on the market for. I think Buffalo may be willing to move a solid veteran D-man for say a young winger with some potential. Let’s say that GM Tambelleni could pry one of Andrej Sekera, Jordan Leopold or Robyn Regehr from them. Of course each player would involve a different return from the Oil.
Of the three defenseman mentioned I believe if the two teams were to consummate a deal, that Andrej Sekera would be the mostly player coming to the Oilers. Sekera, drafted in the third round of the 2004 draft, is a plus player over his career he can also hit and block shots. The vet would fit in nicely on the third pairing alongside rookie Justin Schultz, he would also have the ability to move up and down the depth chart as Coach Kreuger sees fit. Andrej currently has 3 years left on a deal that pays him $2.75 mill annually.
Robyn Regehr is an intriguing piece of trade bait for the Oilers as well. Regehr, best known to Oilers fans for the constant punishment doled out to Ales Hemsky during his tenure with the lowly Calgary Flames, is on the last year of his deal which pays him $4.02 million. He, like Sekera, would be able to move up and down the depth chart, kill penalties and be a solid stay at home guy, someone that would be able to cover for Justin Schultz, when he decides to go on the offensive.
As for what the Oilers would be willing to give up, well like I said earlier there are some veterans that they would be more than happy to ship out, or at least myself and the fans wouldn’t mind to see go. Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk and of course team captain Shawn Horcoff, neither of these guys would be enough on their own to bring in one of the 3 d-man and may have to be offered with a draft pick or prospect.
The young prospects that the Oilers may be willing to move isn’t very large but there may be a few guys in there that would draw interest from other teams including the sabres. Tops on that list is, Magnus Paajarvi, who will be RFA when the season is out. Prospects Anton Lander, Chris VandeVelde, and Toni Rajala might also be moved for the right price.
Either way the Oilers will be looking this year and whether it is the Sabres or another team, I think that within the next few weeks the Oilers are going to be making at least one move to bolster the defense.
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