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, 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 Old Retired Guy
January 14 2013, 04:15PM
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From what I'm hearing he's only 26 and was a late first round draft pick in 2004. Apparently was 4th in the league for hits two years ago...

But really...as and Oilers fan....here's all I need to know...

"Fistric is known for his aggressive physical play. In a game against the Calgary Flames on January 27, 2010, Fistric received a match penalty for intent to injure after hitting opposing forward Eric Nystrom over the head with his own helmet during a fight..."

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#52 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 04:22PM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

From what I'm hearing he's only 26 and was a late first round draft pick in 2004. Apparently was 4th in the league for hits two years ago...

But really...as and Oilers fan....here's all I need to know...

"Fistric is known for his aggressive physical play. In a game against the Calgary Flames on January 27, 2010, Fistric received a match penalty for intent to injure after hitting opposing forward Eric Nystrom over the head with his own helmet during a fight..."

We need even more crazy but this is a good start.

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#53 Light, Sweet, Crude
January 14 2013, 04:28PM
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Maybe it's been noted already but the Canucks signed Vandermeer today. Barker and Vandermeer... is Vancouver officially on the Edmonton model? Get Tamby to see if they will take Khabby.

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#54 Spydyr
January 14 2013, 04:36PM
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Light, Sweet, Crude wrote:

Maybe it's been noted already but the Canucks signed Vandermeer today. Barker and Vandermeer... is Vancouver officially on the Edmonton model? Get Tamby to see if they will take Khabby.

Already looking forward to Yak and Hall going around them like turnstiles.

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#55 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
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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#56 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
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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#57 They're $hittie
January 14 2013, 05:42PM
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Aaron ward just said Nick Schultz is getting an "A"

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#58 Reality Check to the head
January 14 2013, 05:44PM
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Nice to see the oilers working on their depth. Nice trade, good age and still some upside without giving up a crazy amount.

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#59 westcoastoil
January 14 2013, 05:47PM
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It's getting a bit more coverage now, but I really think the change to Krueger had been underestimated. He's the right guy at the right time - it's going to be fun to see what he does differently. Get the feeling all the players are starting from the same spot. Impress him with your play and attitude = ice time.

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#60 westcoastoil
January 14 2013, 05:48PM
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Excellent move for Fistric - way to go Tambi (whoa I feel dizzy after writing that)

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#61 Mac962
January 14 2013, 05:54PM
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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.

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#62 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 14 2013, 05:56PM
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tambellini made a pro-active move AND it was a good one?

i feel dirty

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#63 Wax Man Riley
January 14 2013, 06:05PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

tambellini made a pro-active move AND it was a good one?

i feel dirty

As someone mentioned above..... MacT had a good day today.

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#64 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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#65 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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#66 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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#67 a lg dubl dubl
January 14 2013, 07:21PM
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Ha! I trade for Fistric everytime I restart my season in NHL13, now I dont have to! Thanks ST!!

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#68 dougtheslug
January 14 2013, 07:31PM
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DSF wrote:

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

Pronto.

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

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#69 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
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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#70 TLHansum
January 14 2013, 07:39PM
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That hit on Doughty was gorgeous. Could watch that all day

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#71 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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#72 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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#73 dougtheslug
January 14 2013, 07:52PM
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DSF wrote:

If you say gullible very slowly it sounds like oranges.

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.

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#74 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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#75 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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#76 Dog Train
January 14 2013, 08:32PM
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It's nice to see us being proactive. Fistric is just what this blueline needed. Our top 6 actually looks pretty good if you ask me. Hopefully, we can have a reasonably healthy season on the backend.

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#77 Slats
January 14 2013, 08:49PM
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Canucks are talking about having 9 NHL dman in camp . . . FOR Oilers in a shortened season where injuries can and will happen - this is a good move!

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#78 Number 1 son
January 14 2013, 08:56PM
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@DSF

That's funny!

If you say "dsf" it sounds just like 'massively self absorbed, boring troll'.

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#79 DSF
January 14 2013, 08:56PM
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Slats wrote:

Canucks are talking about having 9 NHL dman in camp . . . FOR Oilers in a shortened season where injuries can and will happen - this is a good move!

Yes it is.

But they still need another top 4 guy.

It's not uncommon to have 2 of your top 6 out at the same time and, in a compressed season, that is likely.

If Smid and a Schultz went down, yikes.

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#80 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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#81 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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#82 positivebrontefan
January 14 2013, 10:51PM
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Dam! Can he hit! Every Oiler is happy they don't have to play against him this season I can tell you that.

And DSF; four of those were one goal games. I wouldn't call that domination. Flip two more of those around and we split the season series. Not out of reach. We are just happy people are signing our castoffs and not the other way around anymore.

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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 The Beaker
January 15 2013, 12:06AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

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.

You think a 3rd was too much to give up for Fistric yet you think we should somehow aquire a top two? From where? For how much?

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#87 OilerLand
January 15 2013, 12:29AM
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I have a weird feeling Sutton may retire, and we'll easily re-sign Fistric (can we call him fister, or is this a family site?)

love this move.

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#88 BURROWSHASCRABS
January 15 2013, 01:21AM
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DSF wrote:

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.

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!

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#89 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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#90 Walter Sobchak
January 15 2013, 02:05AM
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The Beaker wrote:

You think a 3rd was too much to give up for Fistric yet you think we should somehow aquire a top two? From where? For how much?

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

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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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