Yesterday Spector stated that several teams were at the Oilers game presumably scouting out Oilers players. Assuming that’s the case, the teams being mentioned were the Wild, Lightening, Kings, Bruins, and Coyotes... Here are some potential deals that could be on the table.
Los Angeles Kings
Wayne Simmonds $0.8M + 1st Round Pick (current offer)
Ales Hemsky $4.1M
Well this one has apparently been put on the table from the Kings. Since it seems likely that it will either be Boston or LA that will get Hemsky, its really going to come down to the following for LA…
LA wins if they offer Schenn and Simmonds and the Oilers make it Hemsky + something to soften the pain.
Blake Wheeler @ $2.2M (RFA this year) + Boston’s 1st round pick (likely current offer)
Ales Hemsky @ $4.1M
Considering the bruins are 6th best on offense, 4th best on defense, and 1st in goaltending I am surprised they are tweaking… But, since Recci and Ryder are both UFA at the end of the year, it probably makes sense to replace Marc Savards playmaking on the wing now and backfill with Colbourne or Seguin (sadly I doubt Savard ever returns).
The Bruins aren’t going to want touch their core roster if they don’t have to so if Boston wants to win the Hemsky sweepstakes, it’s going to take one of either the TO 1st round pick, Seguin, or Colbourne (likely in that order).
Ultimately I think Boston wins the Hemmer sweepstakes because Hemsky helps them with their cup run immediately and Boston trading TO`s pick hardly mortgages the future (unlike LA).
Cam Barker @ $3.08M x 3 years (RFA at the end)
Ladi Smid @ $1.3M x 2 years (RFA at the end)
Minnesota has some big troubles at the moment… currently they are up against the cap with 0.5 million in available cap space. Their top line consists of Brunette (UFA this year), Koivu (locked in), and Miettnen (UFA this year). The wild would love to get some of the Oilers Wingers but what do they have to give in return? Not much compared to the likes of Boston, LA, or Atlanta…
So why the Barker for Smid deal? Both of them might do better with a change of scenery (both at -11) and I am sure Minnesota would love to gain close to 2 million in cap wiggle room that this deal would provide. Oilers get a player that thrived in Chicago and might be able to regain his touch with more ice time (Smid is rolling around 19:29 minutes per game).
Tampa Bay Lightening
2nd round pick
Jim Vandermeer @ $2.3M x 1 year (RFA at the end)
While Tampa’s forwards continue to roll with Lecavallier starting to produce, their defense and goaltending remain suspect heading into the trade deadline, ranking 24th in the league in goals against. Since Yzerman just added Dwayne Roloson, you would have to think they aren’t at the game scouting out Khabibulin… So unless we are going to see Gilbert for Ohlund, don’t be shocked to see Vandermeer showing up with Tampa, rental / insurance style.
Here is the fun one that has no chance of happening… I am not sure why Phoenix would be sniffing around so I thought I would sniff what they might be
Oliver Lars-Ekman @ 1.5m x 3 (RFA at the end)
Vernon Fiddler @ 1.1M (UFA this year)
Sam Gagner @ 2.275M x 3 (RFA)
Phoenix in the end could use a play making 2nd line center that can play with Wolski and Doan as both centers Fiddler and Belanger are UFA at the end of this campaign. Phoenix’s D is fairly good and with Brandon Gormley in the system, maybe they part with smooth skating Lars-Ekman…
Naw they won’t, but I needed something for Phoenix
Gotta love trade time. Its got all the excitement that xmas used to have as a kid... if your parents end up getting you the Xbox, you will love it all summer. If they get you the sweater, let the hate and complaining ensue.
Here is hoping Tambi doesn't like knitting...