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The Edmonton Oilers Would Like To Add Four Or Five Players

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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MoreShoot's avatar

Eberle for Franzen.  We’ll even throw in Cleary.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/16/14 at 07:59 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

From deeper in the article:

MacTavish seems to keep having to repeat this, but his core players, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz, are not going anywhere.

So it’s Nail Yakupov and a bunch of potential spare parts on the block for the Oilers.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/16/14 at 08:18 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Ok.  Serious trade poker.  Add Drew Miller.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/16/14 at 08:57 AM ET


The Edmonton Oilers Would Like To Add Four Or Five Players…

...and a GM people might take seriously, and a new arena and maybe just to move the team somewhere that people actually want to play.

Posted by Garth on 06/16/14 at 09:28 AM ET

Primis's avatar

and maybe just to move the team somewhere that people actually want to play.

Posted by Garth on 06/16/14 at 10:28 AM ET

It’s telling that even Garth freaking Snow has had the foresight to trade for negotiating rights to get some players (and actually land a couple that way), and the Oilers haven’t even managed to do that.

Move em’ to Houston, keep the Oilers moniker.  Their AHL team is already in OKC.

Profit.  And actually be in a place NHL players might want to go to.

Posted by Primis on 06/16/14 at 09:36 AM ET

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