Or a center. And Whitney isn't our best d, that title goes to Ladi Smid, who won't be traded.
Laddy Smid would be fantastic as a Wing, but like mentioned above, I agree that the Oilers and Wings just don't seem to be great partners at this time. I think that Whitney can be a solid if not better than average contributor, but the Oilers will want to hold onto him until Schultz completely usurps him and the Wings won't offer up anything that will please the Oilers enough to let him loose. The Wings core players are too valuable to their team and their 'non-core' players are not worth enough to appease the Oilers. Besides, the Wings have a glut of forwards, plus 7 D at the moment given Smith being integrated into the top 6 which is all but assured.
Whitney is worth way more to us here than he currently is in a trade. If Whitney can skate like he could a year and a half ago he will still be our best defencemen. When he was able to skate he was playing 27-30 minutes a night and scoring at over a 60 point pace. We need that here in Edmonton if its still there. Even if its not we need to find out if it is before making a move.
Even if Schultz/Yakupov do nothing, I think the Oilers would make the playoffs if Whitney returned to that form.
However, based upon what people have said regarding his injuries, it doesn't look like that will ever happen. It seems like it's permanent.
I don't think we see more than one of those guys make the roster for the next few years. Especially if Nick Schultz walks, we need Whitney.
N.Schultz still has another year to his contract, do you think he would walk with the team he is on.
Originally Posted by jumptheshark
with the oilers D and looking at 2-3 years down the line
Here is the D-line now
Sutton(might be done)
down the line in 2 to 4 years
D Klefbom, Oscar »
D Marincin, Martin »
D Musil, David »
For me Smid is the key guy to sign and if it between him and Whitney--I take Smid
As it looks right now, Whitney would be playing 3rd pairing behind Smid and N.Schultz. Then there is the problem of the Oilers lack of grit, which Peckham, and Sutton supply. Someone has to go, or you keep J.Schultz in the AHL for the rest of the year. I see N.Schultz as a perfect partner for J.Schultz, and the Oilers will most likely keep Smid and Petry together. So that leaves Whitney, Potter, Sutton, and Peckham to fill out the last 3 positions. The you have next year where it looks like Klefbom is a lock to make the team, someone has to go, and I don't think the Oilers would want to pay a 3rd pairing D 3-5M.