The Oilers have lost eight in a row and, well, stink. Actually, they are awful. It is almost a sure bet that GM Kevin Lowe will be selling off pretty much everyone on the roster not named Hemsky or Penner, or anyone signed beyond 2011-2012. That leaves the following players likely on the market:
- Fernando Pisani
- Ethan Moreau
- Sheldon Souray
- Steve Staios
- Jason Strudwick
- Mike Comrie
I am assuming that the younger players (Cogliano, O’Sullivan, Gilbert, Smid, Gagner, Nilsson, Grebeshkov, etc) will not be on the market. These guys are young and there’s no reason why Lowe would give up on them right now. It is also a fair assumption that guys like Khabibulin, Visnovsky and Horcoff are going to be untradeable.
Do you want any of these guys at the deadline? Personally, the only one that would MAYBE interest me is Staios as a seventh defenseman, maybe Strudwick, to provide some depth. That’s it. Mike Comrie may help the anemic offense, but the Rangers already have an underachieving second-third line winger who doesn’t score anymore (Higgins).
Personally, I don’t think the Rangers and Oilers make good trading partners, as the Oilers don’t really have what the Rangers need (a hitting defenseman, secondary scoring).