All quiet on Oilers' front?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Whether it'll be deal or no deal for GM Kevin Lowe remains to be seen, but some of the names being mentioned as possible trade bait might as well sleep easy.

There's nothing they can do or say at this point that's going to change anything, so there's no sense waking up on deadline day with bags under your eyes.

"Whatever happens happens," said Jarret Stoll. "You can't really control that. If it's going to happen it's going to happen. You just go about your business and try and focus yourself on playing the game. That's all you can do."

That's not to say the players won't be glued to the screens watching teams scramble to improve themselves on the last shopping day of the season.

"I'm sure the TVs will be on the (dressing) room, as they always are, whether we're here or on the road," said Stoll. "But you just go about your business and try and be as professional as you can."

Television loves to make a big game out of deadline week, tossing rumours around with little regard for truth or accuracy, announcing deals they're not really sure about, just so they can say they were first, and using failed GMs to evaluate deals made by the very men who fleeced them out of their jobs in the first place.

It's great theatre, unless you're a guy who might be on the trading block.

"It's great for the media and it's great for all the fans, but a lot of the time it's not such a great thing for the players," said Marty Reasoner, an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

"Sometimes it gets a little bit overdramatized, somewhat of a soap opera. At some point you have to realize a little bit that they're not just trading cards, these are lives that are being moved, people have roots in certain areas.

"It can be tough to pick up and move like that and start over, but that's just part of the deal."

Reasoner, traded to Boston for Sergei Samsonov at the 2006 trade deadline, hopes he's still here at 1:01 p.m.

"I don't know what the future holds here," he said. "I know my contract is up."

Head coach Craig MacTavish reiterated what both Lowe and director of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast said earlier this week - don't expect much movement from the Oilers.

They're not going to move the kids, and most of the veterans are either injured or underachieving to the point that they wouldn't fetch much anyway.

"(Deadline day) can be a difficult time," he said. "Having been in that situation as a player, I approached it much like I do as a coach, pretty pragmatically. If something happens, it happens."

Anything the Oilers do is going to seem quiet compared with last year's deadline day, when they dealt Ryan Smyth moments before the deadline, then retired Mark Messier's sweater a few hours later. Everyone in the building was emotionally spent that day.

"Nothing can top last year," said MacTavish. "I could be in the game another 10 years and nothing could top that. I don't think I'll ever forget driving to the rink that night."


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