Edmonton Oiler fans have been awfully patient this summer in waiting for Ken Holland’s first major move. Holland added veteran free agent Mike Smith and depth forwards Markus Granlund and Tomas Jurco, but none of those players will move the needle for an Edmonton team desperate for help.
In Holland’s own words, he has two holes he’d like to fill. First? He wants to add another 20-goal scorer to the fold. After that, a third line center takes priority. It’s already the middle of July, a time designated for lakes and cottages, but Holland continues to work the phones. He could be seeing results as early as today.
630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer is the most connected man around when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers. He’s been hinting at movement on his show, “Oilers Now”, for about a week. He said something very interesting on Monday.
It’s a vague statement, but a rare one for this point of the year. Usually, as mentioned above, July is reserved for the lake. The summer’s work usually has been done and teams know where they stand with camp a little less than two months away.
It hasn’t worked out that way this year. Free agents like Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Patrick Maroon, Derick Brassard, Jake Gardiner and Joe Thornton still litter the market. Teams like Calgary, Boston and even Winnipeg must shed salary in order to re-sign key RFA’s. There’s a lot of work to be done.
It isn’t outrageous to assume that the Oilers will be involved in some of this work. The club has shown varying levels of interest in both Brassard and Maroon as free agent options. There is also some speculation that Vanek could be a target via PTO come September, although that remains to be seen. Via: The Sports Daily