here is a link to an oilers blog i just read that had some interesting points
"According to Behind the Net, six defencemen on Phoenix in the regular season also saw tougher quality of competition than Yandle. Thatís a big one, and itís why he likely was a second pairing guy in the playoffs"
Oshie would be missed but he isn't a true difference maker. He is a nice 50-60 point winger that might be able to play center. He hits hard and plays strong defense but we have a lot of good defensive forwards.
Ian Cole is a very solid defensive prospect that has 2nd pairing potential. However, with Yandle, Jackman, and Russell in the mix, he wouldn't be missed at all.
And the 1st is the 25th overall pick. While I think we can get a really nice prospect, we aren't talking about a top 10 pick.
It's a fair price to pay.
And making a trade for the sake of making a trade? Adding Keith Yandle would be amazing. He is a #1 defenseman. Think of Pietrangelo and Yandle on the ice for 25-30 minutes a night.
If we want to make our defense into a Cup caliber defense, then we should add Yandle. Not Garrison for 5 million a year.
I doubt the Desert Dogs would want Cole, when they have former Blue draft pick Rundblad waiting in the wings, The Desert Dogs would want forwards/prospects/picks IMO