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Posted 8:38 PM ET | Comments 33
Today Eklund made my day by saying the Oilers and Sabres were working on a major deal. As an Oilers fan this summer has been a big let down. Other than the signing justin Schultz the only other thing I could look forward to was 2 more months and then the season will hopefully start. So onto the rumor Eklund stated that the Oilers would want a significant D-man and right away i thought Tyler Myers but then i saw that the Sabres would also send a prospect or jhonas enroth. A deal like that wouldn't get done unless one of either Hall, Eberle, Nugent or Yakupov was sent to Buffalo. Edmonton I am sure wouldn't part with any of these players. Then I saw what the Oilers were going to give up. A young top 6 center and a young third liner with top 6 potential. Now i narrowed the top 6 center to Sam Gagner and the 3rd liner to either Omark, Paajarvi or Hartikainen. The Oilers I think have expressed that they don't think Gagner will be a part of the rebuild by only giving him a one year deal so I think its a no brainer to deal him. The 3rd liner is a little more tricky because of the possible candidates. I believe the Oilers like Hartikainens size and willingness to play so i'd put him as the least likely of the three to be dealt. Paajarvi has been inconsistent but has shown flashes of brilliance in the AHL and I think is ready for a breakout year in Edmonton. the only problem with Paajarvi is that there is no room on the first or second line so i put Paajarvi as the second most likely to be dealt to the Sabres. That leaves just Omark left. Omark has great potential to be a top 6 forward but has slumps and an attitude that is very Semin like. Reports have said that Omark wants to be on an NHL club that plays him more so I think this would be the smartest decision for Edmonton to make.

So the Oilers offer Sam Gagner and Linus Omark for who? I already ruled out Myers so who could the significant Defencemen be? I am going to narrow this down to 3 possible targets Christian Ehrhoff, Jordan Leopold and Andrej Sekera. Andrej Sekera only scored 3 times and assisted with 10 for a grand total of 13 points his size doesn't help the Oilers intimidation department at only 6'0" and injuries brought him down to only 69 games. So i don't see him being involved in this deal. Jordon Leopold came off a decent season with 10 goals and 14 assists good for 24 points. Leopold is slightly bigger than Sekera at 6'1" but is also older than Sekera at 32. I think Leopold would be a good addition but is not worth Gagner and Omark. So that leaves Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff came of a pretty good season with 32 points in only 66 games. Ehrhoff is also bigger than Leopold and Sekera at 6'2". The Oilers lack a 30 point scoring Defencemen and would be a good pairing with Whitney or Petry.

So the deal now looks like Gagner and Omark for Ehrhoff and ????. The other player eklund said was either Enroth or a solid prospect. I am going to narrow this down to 2 players: Jhonas Enroth and Marcus Foligno. Jhonas Enroth is hard to see because Edmonton is not offering another goalie to buffalo so the Oilers would have 5 goalies in the organization. But if the Oilers do want Enroth that would mean the Oilers are working a deal to move a goalie out . So I am not ruling Enroth out but It would make more sense to go with Foligno. Marcus Foligno is solid young player that has good potential and would give Edmonton a solid group a Left wingers.

So the deal that I think will happen looks like: Gagner and Omark for Ehrhoff and Foligno.


This is my first blog on my Hockeybuzz so I welcome some Constructive criticism

Please No insults I am a rookie at this and this article is 100% my opinion
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August 9, 2012 11:29 AM ET | Delete
Ehrhoff wouldn't be available for that kind of package
August 9, 2012 11:40 AM ET | Delete
Ehrhoff and Foligno are going no where. Ehrhoff was arguably our best defencemen and we also just paid him 10 MILLION DOLLARS. you dont give that kind of money to someone to be on your team for 1 year. Foligno stays because well he is the type of player the sabres have needed and wanted for years. Pretty much 2 untouchable players. I think most people would agree with that.
August 9, 2012 12:09 PM ET | Delete
Agree with 2 other people commenting, Foligno is going nowhere unless is for Bobby Ryan Straight up (even then I am not sure it would happen). And Ehrhoff with a 7 (or something) year deal at $4mil cap hit? I would never trade him, most D are getting that now, imagine 4 years from now where he is a complete steal. And we talked him into coming here, so trading him would hurt future talks with others "respecting our word".
August 9, 2012 1:14 PM ET | Delete
yea true starting to change my mind on the deal I think a more realistic deal would have Leopold in it and D prospect like Brayden Mcnabb or Nick Crawford.....I am going to stand by my Oilers offer though
August 9, 2012 1:25 PM ET | Delete
I dont think Ehroff is going anywhere he is are top defensemen and foligno is a hometown boy and the kind of player buffalo has been looking for we need a top centermen and maybe one more winger and we should be set !
August 9, 2012 1:32 PM ET | Delete
August 9, 2012 3:05 PM ET | Delete
I like Gagner and all, but he's not worth Ehrhoff or Foligno, less BOTH.
August 9, 2012 4:20 PM ET | Delete
August 9, 2012 4:47 PM ET | Delete
I really can't see the Sabres dumping a number one defenseman and breaking up the league's second most effective line from the end of last season for a streaky center and a spare part.
August 9, 2012 5:16 PM ET | Delete
August 9, 2012 6:21 PM ET | Delete
The trade will not be any of those. It will be Sekera. The rumor mentions more so Hartkainen is in the deal which why it would be plus. I doubt the Sabres want Gagne honestly. Even though the rumor said young I still believe the target is Horcoff for our 3rd or 4th line and you more than him and his $5.5 mil to get Sekera
August 9, 2012 8:30 PM ET | Delete
hey i would of included Horcoff but i thought Buffalo wouldn't want that monster contract. the deal would of changed with horcoff. Horcoff for Sekera straight up
August 9, 2012 10:14 PM ET | Delete
I bet it would be Gagne and paarjavi or omark for Sekera or Leopold and Luke Adam or Enroth
August 9, 2012 11:25 PM ET | Delete
August 10, 2012 12:59 AM ET | Delete
This deal could blow everyone's mind and be Nuge for Myers, and Paarjvi/Omark for Enroth
August 10, 2012 3:35 AM ET | Delete
Nuge ain't going anywhere, I'm hearing hemsky,gagne, and paajarvi for ehrhoff, foligno and Adam
August 10, 2012 3:35 AM ET | Delete
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August 10, 2012 9:16 AM ET | Delete
@Snagglepuss: Put down the XBOX controller, son. This isn't NHL12. Yikes, that deal is so one sided that I have doubts you even understand the game of hockey. Ehrhoff will not be part of any deal that includes a small, inconsistent center like Gagne who seems to have topped out at being a 45 point guy. Foligno is also not going anywhere. He was on a PPG pace last season, is Captain material, and is the reason the Sabres traded Kassian. Adam you can have.
August 10, 2012 11:00 AM ET | Delete
No way Ehrhoff or Foligno are traded. The likely deal is Sekera/Leopold and Adam/Enroth for Gagner and Paajarvi/Omark/Hartkainen. It wouldn't surprise me if it was Leopold/Enroth for Gagner/Omark, then those two were packaged along with Sekera/1st to get Ryan to Buffalo.
August 10, 2012 11:59 AM ET | Delete
buffalos lineup Vanek-Hogdson-Pominville.....Foligno-Ennis-Stafford......Leino-Adam-Ott.....Gerbe-Tropp-Kaleta now that is some good forward lines with skill and size. Defense Myers-McNabb...Sekera-Erhoff.....Leopold-Rheghr extras sulzer-weber(??t.j.brennen??)
August 10, 2012 8:17 PM ET | Delete
Mabey Gagner and Omark for Leopold and Sulzer
August 10, 2012 11:27 PM ET | Delete
thatys the worst deal ive ever seen
August 11, 2012 4:00 AM ET | Delete
August 11, 2012 4:07 AM ET | Delete
and then the oilers trade hall and yak for gerbe and leopold. lol
August 11, 2012 4:48 AM ET | Delete
I can see you spent some time here so I'll be nice . No chance ehroff is moved. NONE. If he were to be moved the oilers would have to send over one of the four kids and a salary dump . Ie:horcoff. .the truth is that a deal that works out for for both teams isn't really to be had here. Sekera and Leopoldo don't answer the oilers needs, Myers is even more untouchable then ehroff . Everyone else isn't an upgrade for the oilers. Also why do the sabres want more centers ?? There stacked.
August 12, 2012 4:21 PM ET | Delete
To Edmonton - Sekera, Adam, 3rd/4th rounderTo Buffalo - Gagner, Pajarvii, 5th rounder
August 12, 2012 9:26 PM ET | Delete
A top 2 defenseman and a fan favorite power forward for a third line center and a journeyman bag o' pucks. Yeah, that will happen. Maybe Leopold for a 1st and Weber for a 4th. Clears up Buffalo logjam at D
August 13, 2012 10:31 AM ET | Delete
So nice to read an Oilers blog not written by Richard Cloutier.
August 13, 2012 5:14 PM ET | Delete
August 13, 2012 6:28 PM ET | Delete
Pajarvii and Hartkainen are going nowhere! Horcoff for Sekera would be awsome!!! Or Horcoff, Gagner, and omark for Erhoff and Foligno!
August 13, 2012 6:37 PM ET | Delete
August 13, 2012 7:06 PM ET | Delete
Horcoff is a bum. Hey how about a Leino for Horcoff swap.
August 14, 2012 2:34 AM ET | Delete
leopold is not worth a Gagner or Omark let alone both. Crazy talk
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