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The Oilers Could Use Some Defensive Help

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish was on his cell-phone while his team was skating Thursday morning and while it could have been his lovely wife telling her hubby to stop for a loaf of bread on the way home, it may have been another GM talking about defencemen. Certainly, the Oilers could use an NHL veteran back there....

Here’s who’s available, by most accounts:

Detroit’s Kyle Quincey, Carolina’s Tim Gleason, Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov and Phoenix’s David Rundblad.

*The Wings are likely offering Quincey, 28, around the league because he hasn’t played particularly well and they like Danny DeKeyser better and they badly need to clear out some money with major cap issues. Quincey, who has had two tours of duty with the Wings, has a $3.3775 million cap hit with his contract over July 1. He’s a C plus defenceman. Big enough but not an offensive guy or a true shutdown type. Detroit really doesn’t want to take a contract back in a deal for him but the Oilers are at 49 contracts (one under the max)

*Gleason,30, may be expendable with the Hurricanes because the 6’4″, 225-pound Brett Bellemore has stepped in to take XX night. He’s five years younger, plus Gleason has a $4 million cap hit for this year and two more, which makes his trade dicey. He’s a shutdown second-pairing guy. Carolina needs more offence.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Edmonton Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish was on his cell-phone while his team was skating Thursday…

Craig: Say, Kenny, I hear you’d like to move Quincey.

Kenny: Oh, gee, Craig. I’m not sure we’re ready to give up on him yet.

Craig: Well, okay, I just thought I’d check.

Kenny: Hey, hey, what’s your rush. Hang on for a second. I said I wasn’t sure, but, you know, I could be convinced.

Craig: Oh, that’s okay. There are three other guys we’re looking at anyway.

Kenny: Well, damn, Craig, if you’re gonna twist my arm, I guess I’ll have to help you out and let Q go. Tell me what you’re offering.

Craig: Well, we’d at least like to move a contract.

Kenny: Sure. Sure. No problem. Just for you, Craig, we’ll take you’re 49th best guy under contract and, let’s see, how about a 2nd-round pick.

Craig: Oh, I don’t think we can let a pick go.

Kenny: Damn, Craig, you drive a hard bargain. Okay, send us that #49 guy and a bag of pucks.

Craig: Well, Kenny, I’m not sure. Pucks are kind of expensive right now.

Kenny. Okay, okay. Then how about the guy and the bag. You keep the pucks.

Craig: It’s a deal. So, do you wanna know who our #49 guy is?

Kenny: Who cares. We would have settled for just the bag. Boy, you really are a sucker, Craig.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/05/13 at 07:12 PM ET


Sounds reasonable to me. I’d be happy to see him go just to clear space too.

Posted by teldar on 12/05/13 at 10:01 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

So Q is getting quesited? I hope it’s true. I can’t seem to pick whom I want gone first..


Babcocks Love Child

Hit Everything But The Net

Decisions to be made.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 12/05/13 at 11:55 PM ET

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