While most teams view the NHL trade deadline as an opportunity to get stronger, the Edmonton Oilers will likely come out of it significantly weaker.
At least in the short term.
With his team so deep in the standings that Chilean miners have given up hope for them, MacTavish will once again be in Seller mode between now and March 5.
Most, if not all of the veterans headed for unrestricted free agency this summer — Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth, Anton Belov, Corey Potter and Ilya Bryzgalov — are available to the highest bidder. But MacTavish isn’t expecting the bids to be anything more than draft picks.
That’s not what Edmonton fans want to hear, necessarily, given how long they’ve already spent waiting for the Oilers to draft their way out of this drought, but that’s the only real option.
Not a lot of playoff contenders are interested in giving up good players on the eve of the playoffs. GMs are funny that way.
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