Oilers: Four centres MacTavish should target
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02-18-2014, 02:54 PM
Fixed to Ruin
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The article is not terrible.. Just because it looks like a wishful fan making a post on these boards does not make it aweful.
There is more to pricetag when it comes to Avs and Statsny.. They have 3 other top 2 Cs on that club. ROR, Duchene and Mackinnon.. Oilers have RNH and who?
Couturier for Eberle isnt really a sideways move.. It is much easier to find wingers than finding a big young C to shore up the team down the middle. Re sign Hemsky or bring in a player like Brouwer or Kulemin or Stewart.
Spezza with his dip in, health issues and contract status would not cost a lot to acquire. He wont come cheap but getting him won gut this team.
I can't see how we can afford Stastny over the long term at 6 to 7 million / 7 years or whatever huge contract he's going to sign over the summer. We have no defense and no legitimate #1 goalie. At some point that contract will be a cap killer when we need to resign other younger players coming off RFA deals.
I don't disagree with the sentiment that Couturier would go a long ways to sure up our center ice position. However i don't think giving up on a player like Eberle is the right course of action.
Vanek got a 1st a 2nd and Matt Moulson for the Sabres. If the Sens wanted that sure i would do it. However in reality the Sens have been pretty clear that they are in a win now mode. See LeBrun's article:
For the Sens it makes no sense to trade Spezza as they can't replace him easily with free agency or with other players in their system.
Therefore, i think the only way you get Spezza is at the trade deadline next year if the Sens season implode and they are out of the playoffs and the Oilers are in a playoff position. Both are extreme reaches imo.
The article is more than wishful thinking its mostly unrealistic speculation.
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