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11-28-2012, 04:21 PM
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I'd rather the Oilers struggle a bit with growing pains than to add a player like Boyle who will most likely be a 3rd pairing guy in 3 years when the kids are all in their prime.
Tuebert is a bust and Paajarvi is most likely a 3rd line checker that can fill in the top 6 if injuries come up.
Boyle won't be on the Oilers' 3rd pair by then because he'll probably be gone once his deal is up at the end of next season. That doesn't mean the Oilers wouldn't be smart to bring him in anyway. Just because the Oilers are a young team, it doesn't mean that every addition needs to be a part of the team for the next 10 years. Boyle is a leader and legit top pairing defenseman who would immediately make the Oilers a better team today as well as help ease Schultz (his eventual replacement) into the NHL by letting him get his feet wet on the 3rd pair.
Giving up Teubert is incosequential to the Oilers. Paajarvi is a good player and prospect, but you can't expect to get a guy like Boyle (even if just for a year) without giving up quality in return.
I would be in full support of trading some pieces for a couple of place holders to hold spots until the young guys have had a chance to prove themselves at the NHL level. The Oilers have a few important roster players who probably won't be with the team after next year when their deals are up. Having one for arguably our most important prospect probably wouldn't be such a bad idea.
Hemsky -> Yakupov
Whitney -> Petry
Belanger -> Lander
Smyth -> ???? (Hartikainen?)
Boyle -> Schultz
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