Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/16/14 at 08:09 AM ET
from Terry Jones of the Edmonto Sun,
Between now and the July 1 beginning of free agent frenzy the second year general manager, like the rest of his brethren, can do more to determine the fate of his team than in the other 49 months of the year combined.
And with the Oilers now possessing the longest out-of-the-playoffs streak of any NHL team at eight straight after finishing 28th overall and patience having pretty much reached its expiry date, there’s some urgency involved.
“I’d like to add four or five players — one or two through trades and two or three unrestricted free agents,” said MacTavish.
Trades are the first priority.
“It would be nice to get something in place before free agency,” said the general manager.
Getting something done before the June 27-28 draft would be nicer and he’ll get a feel for that this week.
“The managers meeting at the final really gets everybody talking a little bit more. This week will be a busy week for everybody to see what the fits are out there.
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