EDMONTON - There will be no trading of the core eight or nine players on the Edmonton Oilers who are 24 years and younger.
There will be no firing of new coach Dallas Eakins.
There are deals to be done right now to help solve short term problems but they are not in the long term interest of the Oilers and won't be made.
Expect Edmonton to use their first round draft choice -- which could possibly be another No.1 overall if you look at the current standings -- to make a deal for a significant piece to the puzzle as soon as possible instead of drafting another 18-year-old to add to the collection already assembled.
GM Craig MacTavish went out of his way Thursday to make those statements and to put the focus on himself.