Oilers unlikely to deal future for scoring at deadline

TSN.ca Staff
2/28/2009 10:17:27 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have a very clear need heading into the NHL's Trade Deadline, to boost offence on the top two lines.

Ideally they would be looking for a quality left winger to skate with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff, but players of the caliber are not always easy to find and come at a steep price.

Heading into Saturday's game against the Minnesota, the Oilers sit tied for seventh spot in the Western Conference standings with the Wild, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.

The question becomes, how much would the Oilers be willing to sacrifice of their future in an attempt to get into the playoffs.

The answer, not much.

Forwards Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano will not be moved at the deadline. Defenceman Tom Gilbert would bring back a good player in a trade, but the Oilers would not be looking to move him to get a rental player.

When looking at names the Oilers could potentially use in trades, Erik Cole and Dwayne Roloson both have value. While Cole is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, he has played very well.

Roloson is also a free agent, but has started the last 17 straight games and the team needs him in net.

Robert Nilsson has underachieved and would be available. The same can be said for Dustin Penner but the Oilers are looking to upgrade offensively.

If the Oilers cannot find a way to improve their scoring without tapping into their core youth, it could be very quiet on their western front come March 4.

Files from TSN's Ryan Rishaug were used in this report.

Steve Tambellini (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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