Boston: Buyout for Ryder, trade Wheeler? Kaberle and more for the 4th overall pick? Boston to trade up for #1?

  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: GM Chiarelli says that one of either Hall or Seguin will have an impact on the how the organization will move forward in the future. “Yes,” said Chiarelli, “it will have a bearing in what direction we go in.” Dupont notes that Michael Ryder could be bought out, which would save them $2.64 million against the cap. Marco Sturm will make $3.5 million next year but can’t be bought out due to the fact that he has a knee injury, but if they could be convince that recovery is too long and he were to retire, he’d come off the books. Blake Wheeler and his $2.85 million could be dealt.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: The Blue Jackets may be under pressure this year to make the playoffs, and could the #4 overall pick be available? Simmons thinks that Brian Burke could offer Tomas Kaberle and more for the pick.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: It’sbeen rumored that the Bruins favor Taylor Hall over Tyler Seguin, and if they want to ensure they get him, they could attempt to make a deal with Edmonton for the #1 overall pick. The Bruins are already deep at center, so Hall would be a better fit for them. The Oilers are in need of centerman more than they are of wingers. Chiarelli hasn’t met with Oilers GM, Steve Tambellini yet, but he plans on it. Harris wonders what it would take to move the one spot, Blake Wheeler or Tim Thomas?

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  1. Oilers fan Jesse

    May 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

    As an edmonton fan i Dont Think they would trade there 1st pick. But say we pick Hall then yeah boston will trade.

  2. Kevin - Unemployed GM

    May 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    To an Oilers fan – *if* the Leafs were to get the 4th pick as mentioned above, could you see the Oilers (currently with several good young forwards but lacking defensive prospects) trade their 1st for the Leafs’ new 4th (where the Oilers could grab a high ranking defensive prospect), maybe another Leaf pick/prospect, swap Souray (disgruntled/overpaid) for Beauchemin (2 more years/reasonably priced), and if the Leafs were to take on 4-8 million in other bad contracts (O’Sullivan, Nilsson, Morreau, etc…) to stuff in the minors . Oilers get cap relief (for RFAs and UFAs), a defensive prospect (to add to their many young forwards), and a comparable in Beauchemin (for a guy who won’t play for you again). I see it as a win-win, albeit a tough sell to Oilers fans who’re keen on Hall. Am I being a stereotypical Leafs fan here?

  3. Ryan

    May 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    No way the oilers would trade the first pick for fricken beauchemin. u would have to be retarded. the oilers are rebuilding and need a franchise guy like hall or seguin

  4. Kevin - Unemployed GM

    May 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    The hypothetical trade I suggested was the Oilers’ 1st overall + Souray (4 million cap relief over two years) + Overpaid garbage (4-8 million cap relief) – for – the Leafs’ fictitious 4th overall + pick/prospect + Beauchemin.

    It depends on how much the Oilers value cap space. If the Oilers plan on tanking it next year again, then the cap relief would be moot. If they want to finish last they might as well keep their garbage and let the contracts expire naturally. If 10 million or so in cap relief is worthless to the Oilers, then the trade would have been the Oilers’ 1st for the Leafs’ – fictitious – 4th, which is, yes, retarded. I never suggested the Oilers trade their 1st for Beauchemin, which is beyond retarded. No offence to the mentally retarded.

  5. Johnny D

    June 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    The Oilers wouldn’t do it. The Oilers will only pick in the top 2, and only if they have control over the player they want.