Will the Oilers turn to Devan Dubnyk as their starter, or seek an experienced starter in the off-season?…Linus Omark playing his final games as an Oiler?…A look at possible free agent defense options for the Oilers…Trading their first round pick an option?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers management will have to decide if they’ll stick with Devan Dubnyk as their starter next season, or shop for an experienced starter in the off-season.
Matheson also recently looked at the best free agent blueliners who could be available for the Oilers this summer, and isn’t impressed, listing Dennis Wideman, Matt Carle, Filip Kuba, Carlo Colaiacov and Joe Corvo. He doubts the Oilers have a realistic chance of signing Ryan Suter if he becomes available, while Brad Stuart wants to sign with a California-based team.
Jonathan Willis, meanwhile, believes Linus Omark is playing his final games with the Oilers, doubting they’ll bring him back next season. Omark will be a restricted free agent this summer.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychkowski recently examined the Oilers “muddy” draft picture, looking at the possible options they’ll have with what’s expected to be another high draft pick. Among the possibilities could be trading that pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are also stuck with Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract for one more year, unless they buy him out, in which case they could use a veteran netminder to help Dubnyk carry the load. Bolstering their defense appears to be the priority for next season, and shopping that pick could potentially land a good blueliner. As for Omark, they’ll either shop his rights or just not qualify him before July 1st. Let me know what you think, Oilers fans!