Oilers fans are getting woodies thinking they they can get players like Sami Vatanen, Jared Spurgeon, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallager for a bunch of junk.
It isn’t going to happen.
There will be a long line of teams willing to buck up for Vatanen if he hits the market. Spurgeon is a pipe dream failing a massive overpay and the Habs don’t need anything the Oilers have to offer.
As we’ve mentioned repeatedly,(for about 4 seasons) The Oilers need TWO top pairing defensemen and the only way to accomplish that is to start dealing wingers for top pairing D.
There is no other option.
There is some support for signing Jason Demers as a top pairing RH D but he has never played that role and, let’s be honest, he has 29 other potential destinations. The odds of him signing with the Oilers is less than 10%.
Tyson Barrie is also a pipe dream unless the Oilers are willing to send their #4 pick and a young D prospect to Colorado for the rights to Barrie.
Jared Spurgeon? The Wild will want RNH and a high draft pick.
The Oilers are now facing the realty of their dreadful draft record where they continued pick wingers over D when they had an opportunity to select D but decided to go with stiffs like Pajaarvi and Yakupov.
You can’t get there from here.