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Oilers Trade Denis Grebeshkov To Nashville

via TSN,

The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.

The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.

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Oilers Looking To Deal

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

They’re at the bottom of the NHL standings despite having one of the league’s higher payrolls. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will be trying to wheel and deal before the league’s trade deadline Wednesday.

That inevitability isn’t lost on such veterans as captain Ethan Moreau, the club’s longest-serving player (having arrived in ‘99), who has been mentioned repeatedly in trade speculation leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline.

Likewise for defenceman Steve Staios and forward Fernando Pisani, neither of whom would be surprised to see their lengthy tenures in Edmonton end with a change of address.

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Dealing With The Trade Deadline

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Team brass have stated there will be changes, but time will tell if the rebuilding starts at the March 3 deadline or if the changes start unfolding at the draft and/or on July 1 when free agency opens.

“It’s your future. You don’t know where you’re going to be in a week,” winger Fernando Pisani said. “I think the worst part for everybody is the not knowing. But it’s one of those things, it’s really out of my control.”

“It will be an interesting three days but as a player, as an individual, you just can’t think about all the rumours or the what ifs,” said defenceman Tom Gilbert.

“It can be tough when you do hear rumours. You think, what if I end up here. You can get caught up in it ... but maybe five per cent of the rumours are true.”

Pisani and Gilbert, O’Sullivan and Ladislav Smid have all had their names linked to one deal or another. Smid, Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner were offered to the Ottawa Senators for Dany Heatley back in June.

“You never know what’s going to happen. They could keep this group together for the rest of the season,” Smid said. “We just have to stick together and win some games.”

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DUI Charge Facing Khabibulin

via the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.

The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

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How Souray Could Become A Ranger

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers have been monitoring the situation in Edmonton with Sheldon Souray all year. Now that the veteran defenseman with the cannon from the power play point has included the Blueshirts on his list of teams for which he will waive his no-trade clause, Sather will be more than tempted—even with Souray likely to be sidelined until the third week of March with the broken hand he suffered in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla.

But Souray’s contract carries a $5.4 million cap hit through 2011-12. The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be by either including Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit through 2011-12) in the trade, or by sending No. 33 elsewhere in a separate deal without taking on much of a contract in return.

So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature—or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering—trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster.

more on the Rangers battle to make the playoffs…

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Florida & Edmonton Trying To Make Moves

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• There is plenty of talk about the future of Florida G Tomas Vokoun with the Panthers sending out word they’re getting ready to clean house. Would he waive his no-movement clause to go to the Flyers? Philadelphia has shut down G Ray Emery for three weeks because of a hip problem and there are concerns about whether he might need surgery. The issue with dealing Vokoun is he’s been the Panthers’ best player all season. He is the one guy they should keep. Florida could also move C Stephen Weiss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

• The Oilers have been trying to move C Shawn Horcoff ($5.5-million cap hit through 2014), C Robert Nilsson ($2 million through 2011), D Sheldon Souray ($5.4 million through 2012), D Steve Staios ($2.7 million through 2011) and D Tom Gilbert ($4 million through 2014).

“They’re going to have a real tough time moving those players,” said a league executive. “(Katz) might have to be willing to put money in the minors to give (Tambellini) flexibility to make changes. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.”

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Could Cogliano Become A Nasty Player?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Can Andrew Cogliano be transformed into the next Todd Marchant?

If the young Edmonton Oilers forward can’t score, maybe it’s time to plant the seed and find Cogliano a new job description so he can stay in the NHL for the next 15 years.

Turn Cogliano one of the game’s five fastest skaters, into an indispensable checker, a super pest, a penalty-killer and a good faceoff man, just like Marchant.

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Oilers Trade Chatter Quiet Right Now

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

All is quiet on the western front, with the NHL roster freeze Friday before the two-week Olympic break, and the trade deadline March 3. Ethan Moreau is still an Oiler; so is Fernando Pisani, and defenceman Steve Staios. Ditto for Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson and Patrick O’Sullivan.

Let’s face it, the only body safe on the Oilers is the Gretzky statue.

But nobody’s been traded yet. Moreau, who had his best game in weeks against the Ducks with his 15th career short-handed goal and a short-handed feed to Ryan Potulny, is still very much in limbo. If the scouts were looking for signs that he can still play, they saw it against Anaheim. Moreau, who’s the longest-serving Oiler player, hasn’t heard a thing from Tambellini.

read on

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Edmonton Owner Says Changes Need To Continue

from Dan Tencer at 880iNews,

In his first lengthy media interview since the summer of 2008, Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz made it clear that what has transpired on the ice this year is not acceptable.

“Most of all, this experience has been no fun for our fans. I know it, our management knows it and our players know it.”

The struggles of the team this season have presented the obvious conclusion that changes need to continue to be made and the eye on the future needs to be focused intently. The last place record has put the Oilers in a position to likely come out of the season with the highest draft pick in franchise history, allowing them to add to a modest stable of young talent already within the system.

“We’re entering a very important time for the organization’s history,” Katz says. “We are in this for the long haul and over the long haul I really like what I see. We have a great young core with a lot more talent coming along.”

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What’s Happened To These Three Oilers?

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

They have become over-the-hill right before our eyes.

An uncertain moment. A step slow. A terrible mistake. Yet another goal against the Edmonton Oilers.

That’s the story of Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani’s 2009-10 season. All three of them have suffered numerous injuries in recent years, and while not one of them is ancient by NHL standards, they have failed to get the job done for the Edmonton Oilers this year, and one wonders if any of them will recover and be solid players again.

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