Lowe Adds Fuel to Talk of Major “Post-Lockout” Oilers Trade.

Oilers president Kevin Lowe’s recent comments has increased speculation his club could make a significant trade following the NHL lockout.

 

Lowe doesn’t dismiss talk of post-lockout trade by Oilers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers president Kevin Lowe was interviewed on Thursday by 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer, who recently floated the speculation the club could pull off a “wow factor” deal following the NHL lockout. Stauffer didn’t suggest the Oilers might move one of its bright young stars (Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov), but noted their depth in young assets might be exploited in a trade to improve the club.  Lowe said the only way to make deals is if you have assets attractive to rival teams.

“So, absolutely, we’re at some point, whenever that is, we’re probably not too far down the road, we’re going to have to make some touch choices and maybe move some players, or a player, draft picks, to get a piece or two that finishes off the formation of what you feel is a championship team. I mean, we need to get to the playoffs first (laughed) so you can’t put the cart ahead of the horse, but no question. I don’t talk to managers on a regular basis any more, that’s Steve Tambellini’s job, but I do know from my past experiences that we won’t have a tough job selling anybody on anybody that we have in the event we’re interested in a player on another team.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d be shocked if Eberle, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, or Yakupov were dealt, and I don’t believe they’ll consider shopping Justin Schultz. Still, there are some assets on the Oilers roster (especially forwards Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky) which could be used in a significant trade. What that could be, of course, is anyone’s guess at this point, though there is some speculation the Oilers made a pitch for Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo prior to the expiration of the recent CBA.

6 Comments

  1. If they are looking for a substantial piece, they have to be willing to move more than Gagner and/or Hemsky.

  2. To me a “wow factor deal” is Edmonton getting PK Subban for _______________. His name jumps out because I see Molson 09 posting ( Habs are owned by Molsons) and I think the Canadiens undervalue him. Yes, he needs to mature and settle down, which is why the Habs have not signed him, but he would grow with the team, and would not allow the “kids” to get pushed around. The Oilers can give up any combination required of Gagner, Paajarvi or Omark, simply because they are surplus assets at forward but could be of use to other teams. Maybe the odd man out goes with one of their 2 current goalies to LA in exchange for Bernier, who wants a shot at a starting position. That would be somewhat of a wow for Edmonton, given that they will not likely trade any of their prized possessions, and would help solidify defense and goal with players who have not reached their peak.

  3. Hey spec,
    I sort of miss the weekly “blogosphere” round-up. Is there just not much out there or did you finally concede to all those whining about the ridiculousness of the rumors and their sources? I always sort of enjoyed them, at least it gave us something to talk about.

    • Just nothing really worthwhile rumor-wise on the blogosphere, and what there is ain’t worthwhile.

  4. If it’s a wow factor trade there’s going to have to be a first rounder included in a package with one or more of the players that aren’t named Taylor, Ryan, Jordan or Nail. It’s not that another team wouldn’t find a player like Hemsky or Gagner worth giving up something decent in return but wow factor decent? Probably not in a straight up deal unless Wang is offering up all his draft picks again:)

  5. SORRY TO BE BLUNT BUT ONLY A RETARD WOULD TRADE PK FOR ANY OILER…PUCK MOVING SMART PHYSICAL DMEN ARE A RARE BREED…EVERY TEAM COVETS THEM…THE HABS TRADED CHELIOS AND LIVED TO REGRET IT….LETS HOPE THEY LEARNED THEIR LESSON