The Edmonton Oilers still find themselves competing for a playoff spot in late January, which is territory that hasn’t been traveled by this franchise for awhile. Heck, the Oilers are still in the running for both the Pacific Division crown and even top spot in the Western Conference.
How might this newfound success translate in terms of general manager Peter Chiarelli’s thought process headed into the March 1 trade deadline though?
“I don’t project that Chiarelli is going to be doing any big game hunting,” said NHL Insider Darren Dreger during a Tuesday morning radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260. “That’s not to say he’s not listening, and if another defenseman was thrown into the market that the Oilers wouldn’t try and acquire that piece – or perhaps some depth on the wing, or maybe a little bit of insurance at center ice as well. They seem okay with Caggiula as a third-line center in Edmonton, but most I think view him as being more comfortable on the wing. It’s great to have versatility, but maybe that’s an area Chiarelli takes a look at.
“I don’t get a sense from those that I talk to around there that he’s jonesing for anything in the moment because the team, for the most part, has played very well. They’ve played well. So it’s one thing to have distinct needs, and Edmonton has gone through a boatload of that over the years. It’s quite another to be in a good spot, and being able to be patient. Knowing that you’ve got the young assets, but at the NHL level and at the American Hockey League, and even deeper than that from a prospect perspective that other teams might have interest in that might make you better.”
Source: TSN 1260
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