The Oilers made quite a splash when they added Chris Pronger and Michael Peca in the off-season, but GM Kevin Lowe isn't necessarily finished with the diving board.
Sitting some $6 million under the NHL's $39 million salary cap, the Oilers, unlike a lot of teams that have to jump through hoops just to get a guy up from the minors, still have plenty of room to bolster their lineup.
"We anticipated it being an advantage and we hope it pans out that way," said Lowe, who gets to be one of the leading buyers in March if Edmonton's securely in the top eight. "The teams that notoriously make trades at the deadline are the teams that are all pushing against the cap. If they want to pick up a guy who's making $1.5 million they'll have to get rid of a guy who's making $1.5 million. We won't have to subtract to add."
It's a position of strength he almost had to surrender when the Oilers fell into their miserable slump last month.
"When you're on a seven-game losing streak you don't know if your plans are going to get sidetracked or not. It wasn't like we were getting outclassed every night, but if you keep losing you have to do something."
Now he has the luxury of time.
"Ideally it's better to deal when you're winning. If we're rolling along and have ourselves in playoff contention, we can add a player or two for the stretch."