Oilers Looking To Trade For Top Defenceman


According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Edmonton Oilers, more specifically GM Craig MacTavish is again looking to make a trade that would land him a top defenceman.

McKenzie appeared on the TSN regular “Insider Trading” segment and stated that there is concern in Edmonton given the Oilers have allowed 15 goals against in just three games.  McKenzie further went on to discuss that MacTavish has wanted to make that “bold” move since he took over the GM position last spring and  hasn’t been provided with the right opportunity to do so.

The TSN hockey expert, also known as the godfather of hockey, McKenzie said that MacTavish is “laying in the weeds” and hoping he can get a deal done that would help the team’s blue line.

His concerns are valid.  The Oilers blue line has looked shaky at best to start the year, giving up scoring chances from seemingly nowhere simply because of a defenceman out of position or blowing coverage.

But all 15 goals against can’t be hung on the blue liners in Edmonton.   Devan Dubnyk has let in more than one softie and he’s taken his fair share of criticism for it.

McKenzie did not mention any potential names but Darren Dreger of TSN did report that Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs could be in play.  A result of the Cody Franson signing, the Leafs have a wealth of defenceman and GM Dave Nonis has said he’s not looking to move anybody, but will listen if it’s a serious offer.  Dreger did say that Nonis has said it will take a high profile forward to pry Gardiner from Toronto. Seemingly, Dreger added that no “serious” offers have been made to the Leafs involving Gardiner.

Stay tuned as this story is likely just getting warmed up on the hot stove.

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  • Cody Anderson

    I don’t see a fit. Gardner is a good Dman that still has potential to improve, but unless they are considering Acrobello, Miller, or Omark to be a high profile forward I can’t see a situation where the cost will warrant the upgrade. It is not like he is the stud top Dman everyone is always looking for. At this point he is another 4-7 Dman who still has potential to improve. His chemistry with J Schultz from college would be fun to see.
    I would be interested in Gardner if he could be had for a package of prospects and draft picks especially if it centers on one of our undersized forward prospects or a player like Larsen.
    There is no way I would look at anyone inside our top 6 forwards or Yakupov. The price would be way too steep when we already look like we have the best depth at the role in several years and it looks to only get stronger in the next couple of years.
    Only high profile player forward I could see moving is Hemsky, and I don’t think the coaching staff are interested in parting ways with him right now.

  • MacT

    Please enough already about needing another defenceman …enough! The eastern media is stuck on this for what ever lame reason but we have a stock pile of quality players already playing on the team or about to make the jump. What this team needs is a number 1 starting goalie. Love Dubie but as a season ticket holder and huge fan I have lost all confidence in his ability. As far as I am concerned you can throw out his save percentage from last year as it means crap compared to the weak goals he allows game after game. How deflating it is to the fans and players who know it will happen at least once a game. This young oiler team needs confidence and that is difficult to achieve with this scenario hanging over their heads time after time. It’s like Dubie falls a sleep or is bored for a split instance.

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  • http://www.predlines.com/ Patrick Helper

    Pick and player most likely would be moved. Lets say a 1st and who?

  • http://www.predlines.com/ Patrick Helper

    Could the answer be find a top goaltender and work with the defense?

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