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If The Oilers And Rangers Made A Trade

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish won’t trade his big guns–Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle–but the door might be slightly ajar for Yakupov who is having a miserable second NHL season after a fine 17-goal rookie year. But Hemsky is almost surely being shopped by the 3-10-2 Oilers who need to get bigger and better defensively, and certainly Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault, formerly running the Vancouver Canucks’ bench, would have seen lots of Hemsky over the past seven or eight years. And, it’s no secret the Rangers can’t score (26 goals in 14 games) and they sorely miss the concussed Rick Nash on the wing, and Hemsky can put up points, as long as he stays healthy.

His $5 million salary is definitely an impediment to any team taking him on but the Oilers would have to take salary back, or maybe they could pick up some of the right-winger’s wage. When Thomas Vanek was dealt to the New York Rangers, the Sabres agreed to pay close to 20 percent of his $7.1 million cap hit..

Who would the Oilers be looking at in New York. Leftwinger /centre Chris Kreider’s name immediately comes to mind.

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I am not sure about Kreider, he has been impressive his last few games.

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Wake me up when the Oilers are relevant.  They’ve been trying to move Hemsky for years even though they keep re-signing him.  They have a ton of young talent but the roster is poorly constructed and they won’t move any of the young guns to fix the problem.  They have an awful goaltending situation that they won’t pay the price to upgrade, and the horrific play in net is matched only by their putrid blueline.  They have no real leadership, no discipline, no structure, no system, and their best and youngest players have spent their entire careers listening to the Canadian media talk about how great they are.  The only time this franchise made any kind of impact on the league was when they had Chris Pronger, arguably the best defenseman of his generation, leading the team.  Kevin Lowe has been a disaster and as long as he is running the team it won’t matter who is coaching or who is GM.  He needs to go.

Posted by RoneFace on 11/05/13 at 05:39 PM ET

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