IMO, The oilers are in need of another top 4 defenseman to lighten the load for Brewer and Cross. We could go one of two routes: expensive and old or cheap and young.
1) Cheap and Young(er): Radek Martinek from NYI. Isles have one of the deepest bluelines in the league. Perhaps Martinek can play top 4 mintues? Does anyone know about this guy?
Or Karel Rachunek / Chris Phillips from Ottawa?
Or Branislav Mezei from Florida?
2) Expensive and Old: Could we afford Gonchar of Washington? He would help both the PP and defensive depth.
It is going to take awhile for this D to shake out, but I like it. Brewer's battling the puck now, plus bounces are all going the wrong way, but he's a beauty. Smith is healthy and making fewer bad choices (Saturday night's bones aside).
Staios is a fine hockey player, very underrated, and Cross has a wealth of experience. imo Semenov should step up a little, and the ideal 6 would be:
Having Ferguson and Cross log so many minutes basically means that a turnover in the neutral zone becomes (at best) a 2 on one unless they react immediately.
I don't think Ferguson's long for this hockey club. Doesn't mean I don't like him, but Cross signed the three year deal.