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10-30-2012, 07:05 AM
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What would it take?
It really depends on which D-man.
I do think it is going to cost more than one of your players and would have to include one of Hall, RNH, Eberle, or Yakupov because those are the desirable players on the Oilers.
If the Oilers aren't ready to give one of those guys up in a trade it is probably best to stay the course and try and draft one or sign one as an UFA.
If you can come nto grips with the fact that most of the players on the Oilers are not in the top half of the players in the NHL and that players like Hemsky, Horcoff, Gagner, etc, are not going to get you anywhere near a legit #1 D-man, it is probably best to just be patient.
There will be good D-men that the Oilers can trade for, they just aren't getting a guy like Weber and they probably shouldn't be looking to do that anyway.
They could have drafted a potential #1 but they took Yakupov instead. That tells me that the Oilers are building their team and know they have a work in progress and they aren't going to be making any panic moves to try and get better earlier than it should take to rebuild.
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