Ethan Moreau knows he might have played his last game as an Edmonton Oiler, but the 34-year-old captain isn't heading into the Olympic break in fear of it.
“There isn’t really a bad scenario,” he said of a potential trade between March 1 and March 3. “I love playing the game. Either here, playing in this city and this organization that I’ve enjoyed for the last 10 or 11 years or somewhere else with a new opportunity. For me there’s not a lot of anxiety, just uncertainty.”
With Edmonton in a long-term rebuilding mode that doesn’t include many of the current veterans, a new address for Moreau would probably serve both sides well. But getting a deal done is another matter.
“Change is sometimes good,” he said. “But I can’t stress enough that it’s not up to me. I’ll have to sit and wait like everybody else.
“If I’m here I’ll continue to do the same things I’ve always done. I’ll work as hard as I can for this organization. If I’m not, hopefully there’s an opportunity for me somewhere else.
“I’m impartial at this point. I don’t know what their plans are. I haven’t had a conversation with anybody who makes those decisions.
“Nothing is for certain in this game, I could be an Oiler when I get back.”
“It’s been a long time, I’ve been here since 1999 and I’ve had a lot of great memories here over the last 10 or 11 years. But I haven’t really thought about it in those terms. I don’t look at it as a personal or a family issue, it’s about my career.”