If they're too far out of a playoff spot in the weeks before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers will be in selling mode. And according to TSN insider Darren Dreger, this means that "just about anything is possible."
Of course, when we think of trades to come and the Oilers, the first name that comes up in trade chatter is Patrick Maroon, who is due to become an unrestricted free-agent in July. Though he badly wants to stay in Edmonton, he could be a victim of GM Peter Chiarelli's selling mode.
However, Dreger believes that more could be in play.
"Mark Letestu is a good player, but he's not going to ge ta great return," explained Dreger on Tim Hortons That's Hockey, "Pat Maroon - a pending unrestricted free agent - a real good player, they're going to make contending teams better but they're not going to fetch that type of player. So is Edmonton going to get to a place between now and Feb. 26 where they have to consider moving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - who's hurt now - but would they be willing to move him in a bigger deal to consider something like that. Or do they move another defenceman like Klefbom or Larsson as part of a package to improve.
"I'm not saying any of that is going to happen , I'm just saying that there's a little bit of an appetite to consider something bigger."
Dreger added that while some trade attempts might be surprising, he does not expect that Chiarelli will go out of the market and shock fans across the League.
"There might be some names that are a little bit surprising, but maybe not shocking when you look at what Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers brass has to consider. We know that they feel that they have to improve their blue line - their defensive core frankly hasn't been good enough. Cam Talbot is taking his heat for being inconsistent in goal, but it's been more about their defense that's been disappointing than the overall goaltending."
However, the trade rumors continually change and the Oilers will have to keep up with the market. We will see closer to the deadline on what surprising names may be placed on the block.