Edmonton Oilers add Mark Fistric via trade

Jonathan Willis
January 14 2013 01:43PM

The Edmonton Oilers actually added two defencemen to their training camp roster today. The big news was the acquisition of hometown defender Mark Fistric from Dallas for a third round pick; the smaller news was the recall of Taylor Fedun from Oklahoma City.

A reasonable Oilers’ blue line depth chart likely looks like this:

  • Ladislav Smid/Jeff Petry
  • Nick Schultz/Justin Schultz
  • Mark Fistric/Ryan Whitney
  • Theo Peckham/Corey Potter
  • Taylor Fedun/Colten Teubert

The middle two pairings are flexible - I can see the merits of a Nick Schultz/Ryan Whitney second pairing or a Ryan Whitney/Justin Schultz second pairing, too.

Right now, of course, Theo Peckham isn't really in the conversation. According to the Oilers, he "aggravated a hip flexor." The Oilers will know that Fistric is healthy entering camp - their deal with Dallas is dependent on Fistric first passing a medical exam. Meanwhile, Fedun is only around for training camp:

Fistric, a rough-and-tumble third-pairing defender, is a necessary addition to an Oilers blue line missing both Peckham and Andy Sutton; he's a player in the same mold and given his age and past NHL seasons can arguably be expected to perform better than either of the guys he's replacing. Additionally, he has FISTric right in his name, which is bound to please the comments section here at Oilers Nation.

He's also likely to feature in a few highlight reel hits that will similarly please Edmonton fans:

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 01:50PM
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justDOit wrote:

That's a pretty tidy pick-up for a 3rd round pick - his contract must be up this year.

It is and he does help some.

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#52 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 01:52PM
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Not quite the WOW trade.

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#53 Taylor Gang
January 14 2013, 02:00PM
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I'm very happy with this trade, let's hope FISTric plays with the beef that he's been playing with for a while

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#54 Toro
January 14 2013, 02:00PM
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Great pickup, now we just need Getzlaf and we should be a contender

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#55 Time Travelling Sean
January 14 2013, 02:03PM
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I like him already.

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#56 Archaeologuy
January 14 2013, 02:06PM
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ERMAHGERD!

Fistric is the Open Ice Hitter that I've been saving myself for!

After watching those videos I have a new contender for my Star this season.

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#57 justDOit
January 14 2013, 02:06PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Not quite the WOW trade.

But it's close, and not much was given up.

Makes me feel better for J Schultz - one less big hitter to watch out for in the west. Plus, it will be nice to have a tough defender to maybe put out there with JS whenever a game gets chippy.

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#58 The Beaker
January 14 2013, 02:12PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Actually this addresses our toughness issue and gives us an immediate improvement on the blue line, I expect this to be a bigger improvement than you think

Oh sure, im just saying its not HUGE. It may create some more balance which might result in a big boost. Its not the same as adding say... Streit or something (just grabbed a name, not saying they should target him)

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#59 vetinari
January 14 2013, 02:33PM
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Decent player and a decent insurance policy for a 3rd round pick. I wonder how long it will be before Peckham is sent along his way or down to the farm.

Like the others, I am still waiting on the "wow" factor trade and this ain't it...

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#60 The Beaker
January 14 2013, 02:37PM
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The thing about the "Wow" trade is that is was said when the idea was an 82 game season and different CBA issues were being discussed. May not be there now. I still hope they do something to keep improving.

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#61 RDS
January 14 2013, 02:55PM
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Clearly not the wow trade that is (or isn't) to come. Obviously everyone will love this trade as it adds an NHL defensman for giving up, in my opinion, absolutely nothing. 3rd round pick might as wwll be 7th rounder. Good move, but clearly shows how weak we were (still are?) on Defense.

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#62 Charlie
January 14 2013, 03:01PM
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Don't let Wanye see that Tencer tweet...

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#63 Clyde Frog
January 14 2013, 03:11PM
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Spydyr wrote:

For me a WOw trade would bring in one of the three:

1)Top 4 d-man.

2) Gritty second line center.

3) A legitimate young goalie to push Dubby.

Please list all the #2 players that fit that definition.

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#64 Jan
January 14 2013, 03:22PM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

And Yes.....the Kevin Bieksa impersonation was Priceless!

That was Vern Fiddler.

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#66 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:25PM
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#2 Mikey seemed to imply it was Fistic....

Either way it was Priceless.

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#67 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:30PM
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#36 Jonathan Willis

Agreed. As Joe Niewendyk put it...it was the right time to move some of their younger D men up the depth chart.

I'm just saying that the vast majority of depth charts out there had him as a top 4 pairing last year.

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#68 Rama Lama
January 14 2013, 03:37PM
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I do not mind the addition,............not sure why Dallas gave up on him?

Good replacement for Sutton.

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#69 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:47PM
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Some of the more reputable sources like The Hockey News have already taken Firtric out of the Dallas Depth Chart

Most of the other (although less trustworhty) have him in the top 4 last year and this year.

Fox SportsDepth Chart Position First Second Third Fourth Center Benn Roy Fiddler Eakin Left Wing Eriksson Whitney Morrow Nystrom Right Wing Jagr Ryder Vincour Petersen Defensemen Robidas Goligoski Daily or Daley Fistric Larsen Rome

CBS Sports Defensemen Stephane Robidas Alex Goligoski Trevor Daley Mark Fistric Philip Larsen Aaron Rome

CBC Sports

Defense 1 Stephane Robidas Trevor Daley Philip Larsen Defense 2 Alex Goligoski Mark Fistric Aaron Rome

And yes I know that depth charts often times do not reflect reality.

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#70 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 03:50PM
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Charts didn't paste well.

So either take my word for it or go to the sites..

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#71 dman09
January 14 2013, 03:51PM
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Yup now we just need that dirty gritty Finn in the line up to piss people off. I still was hoping that Kiril Tulupov would get a shot. That guy was just a beast

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#72 Oiler Al
January 14 2013, 03:55PM
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Don't have to worry about dusting off the Norris trophy case, but good addition at 6/7 to replace Sutton. Who know might be a good surprise. Good clean hitter, minimum PK minutes...unlike Peckham.

Now need to something at Center .?

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#73 Thinker
January 14 2013, 04:00PM
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Would have liked to use that on tristan jarry though.

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#74 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 04:08PM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

Please list all the #2 players that fit that definition.

Ryan Kesler,Jordan Staal,Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Staal,Joe Thornton, Patrice Bergeron,

Any would work behind the Nuge.

That was just a quick look .It is not like I'm a Gm and following the other teams that closely.I'm sure there are more younger centres out there that would fit the bill.

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#75 Quicksilver ballet
January 14 2013, 04:46PM
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Awesome move by the Oilers, just what the back end needed. Hope it works out and hangs around with an extension. Mark can do anything Smid can do with a much more noticeable meanstreak. Gives the Oil some options at the deadline as well. Smid has significant value around the league but no way is he worth 4'ish per to extend him.

Not a wow move, but a much needed addition.

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#76 Quicksilver ballet
January 14 2013, 04:57PM
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Really impressed with Yakupov this morning. He looks solid on his skates and has a strong desire to improve on areas where he feels he needs work on. It's great to see him be one of the last off the ice as well. Wonder what Hemsky would be like if he had the same drive.

It was only day 1 of camp but there were no red faces this morning and the pace of practice appears to have improved. Hopefully it continues to quicken as the week unfolds.

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#77 Poolanov
January 14 2013, 06:38PM
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Counting the days until he lays one of those on Burrows. Please for the love of God NO LUONGO

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#78 GVBlackhawk
January 14 2013, 06:56PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Hearing from Buds in Hongcouver, the Oilers are more than Mildly interested in Luongo...

Not sure what i think of that , if there is any merit to it. Not the first time i have heard it though... scary ? depending the price. Wherever Lou goes, it should be in a city with less media and fan pressure, Is that here ? hmmmm not sure..

Either way, we are ready, almost. Lets go boys.

e5?

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#79 DSF
January 14 2013, 07:17PM
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Poolanov wrote:

Counting the days until he lays one of those on Burrows. Please for the love of God NO LUONGO

If Fistric and the Ghost of Ryan Whitney™ are out agains the Sedins and Burrows, the puck will be in the net.

Pronto.

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#80 Quicksilver ballet
January 14 2013, 07:38PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

And if it is the line of Hall Ebs and RNH, they're out with, I know which net the puck will be in.

Well played....sir.

......awaits the volley.

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#81 Stack Pad Save
January 14 2013, 07:39PM
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Great trade, Fistric is exactly what the Oilers need. The guy is a tank. Now we need a second line center and the Oilers are gold!

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#82 DSF
January 14 2013, 07:47PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

And if it is the line of Hall Ebs and RNH, they're out with, I know which net the puck will be in.

If you say gullible very slowly it sounds like oranges.

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#83 Will
January 14 2013, 08:10PM
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Is it just me or is Tambillini kind of acquiring the bulk of everyone's off season wish list? Namely a dynamite puck moving defenseman, a tough to play against banger (who has almost no penalty minutes), and upgrade in goal, and an upgrade on size in the top 9 (Harti)? I really think if we get an upgrade in size at second line centre, there's not much else this team can ask for that isn't readily available.

If I dare to dream, Getzlaf on a reduced two year contract centering Hall and Yak.

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#84 DSF
January 14 2013, 08:13PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

The prospect of orange and blue rushing past the turnstiles named Barker and Vandermeer has caused DSF to lose the one marble he had left.

The chances of Hopkins, Eberle and Hall being on the ice at the same time as Vandermeer and Barker is about as great as the chance that Freddie will send Fistric and Peckham out against the Sedins and Burrows.

In other words, not likely at all.

You should also bear in mind that Vandermeer and Barker are the Canucks #7 and #8 defensemen so will likely see very little ice time in any event, barring injury.

4-3

2-3

4-3

3-2

5-2

3-0

That's 5W and 1L last season.

The good news is the Oilers only have to play the Canucks 5 times this season.

Oranges.....very slowly.

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#85 Reg Dunlop
January 14 2013, 10:29PM
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@DSF

So, by your logic, Barker and Vanderwhatever will be regularly suiting up for the canucks as 2 of the top 6 will be out. Hmmm, maybe Hall will be going through the turnstiles in vancouver.Also, after Luongo is traded, vancouver is a Schneider injury away from lotteryville.

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#86 book¡e
January 14 2013, 10:37PM
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DSF wrote:

If you say gullible very slowly it sounds like oranges.

Ok, this is great. I almost did it cause I am tired.

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#87 DSF
January 14 2013, 11:00PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

So, by your logic, Barker and Vanderwhatever will be regularly suiting up for the canucks as 2 of the top 6 will be out. Hmmm, maybe Hall will be going through the turnstiles in vancouver.Also, after Luongo is traded, vancouver is a Schneider injury away from lotteryville.

No. No they won't.

They are #8 and #9 on the Canucks depth chart.

Also, if Dubnyk blows up or is injured, the next best option if Yann Danis who has a SV% in the AHL of .905.

That's really bad but Roy is .895 which is really, really bad.

Vancouver's 4th string goalie is Matt Climie....921.

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#88 DSF
January 14 2013, 11:01PM
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book¡e wrote:

Ok, this is great. I almost did it cause I am tired.

LOL...you tried it, didn't you:)

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#89 Walter Sobchak
January 14 2013, 11:16PM
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I'm not sold on Fistric, I don’t particularly like that we gave a 3rd round pick for a rental player.

This one could come back to slap us. This year’s draft is deep.

The Oilers should be looking for a top 2 defensemen so players are not playing out of there element or skill set.

Smid-Petry as one two has trouble written all over it.

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#90 Rocket
January 15 2013, 01:50AM
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BURROWSHASCRABS wrote:

Oh keeping score uh? Well dont forget this one

Oilers 5(cups) Canucks 0(cups)

Yeah that's right I'm using the Stanley Cup thing, because we can sucka!! Woooooooo!

Although I love the homerism, DSF does have a point: Bark & Vandermeer will not face the kids this season. Either way the Canucks D will have problems with the kids. Count on it.

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#91 Rocket
January 15 2013, 02:31AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

1) Yes, as mentioned above

2) Yes, as mentioned above

3) I dont care where.

4) I dont care how much, as long as it doesnt take away from the 5

Yes. Fistric will serve a roll: being a solid, mean, tough D-man to play against. Last time I checked the Oilers needed that & not a 1-2 that you're talking about.

It would be nice to acquire Chara or Suter or Weber or Keith but the Oilers can't get them so they do the next best thing: plug holes & develop defensemen.

What massive hole 1-2? Would you trade Petry & Schultz for Bieksa?

I wouldn't!

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#92 The Beaker
January 15 2013, 07:16AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

1) Yes, as mentioned above

2) Yes, as mentioned above

3) I dont care where.

4) I dont care how much, as long as it doesnt take away from the 5

Well thats nice. Id love for Montreal to trade us Subban and Paccioretty for Chris Van De Velde and Omark and for Subban to sign for a 1.5m a year for the next 7 years.

I'd make a great GM right?

I dont think we can acquire talent the way you think we can acquire talent. You dont want to give up Hall, Ebs, RNH, Schultz or Yak but you want someone elses guy of that calibre. Stuff like that is so rare and there are like 27 other teams who want to do the same thing. Be realistic. The only chance we have to get a top two for a fair deal is to develop/draft one.

They do need another D its just not going to happen the way you think its going to happen.

EDIT: PLUS we basically just stole Justin Schultz from a team. How much of these things do you think happen?

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#93 The Beaker
January 15 2013, 07:19AM
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Rocket wrote:

Yes. Fistric will serve a roll: being a solid, mean, tough D-man to play against. Last time I checked the Oilers needed that & not a 1-2 that you're talking about.

It would be nice to acquire Chara or Suter or Weber or Keith but the Oilers can't get them so they do the next best thing: plug holes & develop defensemen.

What massive hole 1-2? Would you trade Petry & Schultz for Bieksa?

I wouldn't!

You too are delusional if you think Fistric was more important to get than a top two guy. I'm not even going to address the Bieksa comment because that's so nuts.

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#94 StuckOutHere
January 15 2013, 08:22AM
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DISCLAIMER: I'm going to deal in a hypothetical here. I acknowledge this, so please don't jump down my back for it.

What if the long break really benefitted Whitney and he regains pre-injury form. Do we have then a legit #1Dman?

If so, with the new addition I dont hate our defense. We'd have a #1- Whitney Two #3s- Smid and Petry (both who have proven they can play above that) Two #4s- The Schultz' And three bottom pair guys- Fistric, Potter, Peckham

I know its hope against hope, and I dont think management should rely on such a thing, but with a return to form Whitney does our D measure up?

Thoughts?

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#95 Walter Sobchak
January 15 2013, 05:43PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Well thats nice. Id love for Montreal to trade us Subban and Paccioretty for Chris Van De Velde and Omark and for Subban to sign for a 1.5m a year for the next 7 years.

I'd make a great GM right?

I dont think we can acquire talent the way you think we can acquire talent. You dont want to give up Hall, Ebs, RNH, Schultz or Yak but you want someone elses guy of that calibre. Stuff like that is so rare and there are like 27 other teams who want to do the same thing. Be realistic. The only chance we have to get a top two for a fair deal is to develop/draft one.

They do need another D its just not going to happen the way you think its going to happen.

EDIT: PLUS we basically just stole Justin Schultz from a team. How much of these things do you think happen?

Who sais anything about Subban or Omark? Whoever else you mentioned.

Pronger for Brewer

+ picks and prospects

= 1 Top pairing defensmen.

The Oilers HAVE options, they have a 1st round pick, they have 2nd round picks, they have good prospects and NHL body's.

I'm not trying to be some all knowing GM here but if you want it bad enough the Oilers have the means to do it.

Unless they are waiting to make that deal with Nashville when the year is up.

Could be a possibility.

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#96 Walter Sobchak
January 15 2013, 05:51PM
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@StuckOutHere

Hope, we can only hope Whitney is pain free and can handle 25 min a night.

Having said that, time will tell.

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