Tambellini not moved by offers

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says has had numerous conversations about trading the first overall pick...

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says has had numerous conversations about trading the first overall pick at the draft — but not any offers that led to serious consideration. (QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

The rest of the NHL appears to be trying to get the No. 1 pick from Edmonton — just not hard enough.

While Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini’s had several conversations about trading away his lottery win, none of those conversations have been worth repeating to the rest of Edmonton’s management team.

“I’ve had a lot of discussions, but, like I said from the very beginning, it would have to be something very significant for me to present it to Kevin (Lowe) and the ownership,” said Tambellini, adding nobody has come close to making him an offer he can’t refuse.

“Not good enough to make me really think about discussing it with our staff. I just haven’t been pushed to that point yet.”

While he’s more receptive to making a deal this year than in the previous two, Tambellini says making the pick is still a great option for the hockey club.

“(A good enough offer) may not come and I’m totally fine with that. Like I said, we have an asset coming to this organization to join Hopkins and Hall and Eberle and Paajarvi and Petry and some of the young D who are coming, also. It’s an exciting time for us.

“Winning the lottery puts us in a spot for another incredible piece and I’m very comfortable, if it stays as is, to make our pick.”

Instead of trading down from No. 1, Tambellini has enough assets that he could package No. 32 and a live body to maybe snag another pick somewhere in the top 10 or so.

“Maybe we could consider moving up again and taking another (first round) pick. We’re positioned well for that second one, also.”

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