Oilers Rumors: Miller and Vanek, Dubnyk, Neuvirth and Smid

  • Nick Kypreos: Sabres Ryan Miller has a limited no-trade clause and the Oilers are one of the teams on his no-trade list.
  • Mark Spector: “OK: Who really believes Ryan Miller would go to EDM? Or that EDM would trade Yakupov for two pending UFAs, with a $13-plus M cap hit?”
  • Bob Stauffer: “The Yakupov for Miller-Vanek RUMOUR is absolutely absurd! Makes no sense on numerous fronts…ain’t happening!”
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers are looking for goalie depth but are not giving up on Devan Dubnyk.

    “We’re lacking at the position in our organization, there’s no dancing around it. It’s a positional weakness as an organization. It’s important to understand where we’re at and to do something about it,” the new GM told your correspondent on his cell phone from New York Thursday.

    “We’ve been making calls to know the market. We have a good idea who is out there and available. We’re at a very critical point where Devan Dubnyk has to get back to the level he’s played at before. Priority No. 1 is to get Devan to play better as I expect he will.

    “We were sent a list of four-game stretches involving a lot of goalies in the last couple of years and there’s some pretty good names on that list who had lower save percentages than Devan,” he said.

    “The thing here is that with Devan, it’s been from the start of the season. If it had happened in the middle of the season, there’s a track record of that success in season like those guys on that list.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: At Wednesday’s Capitals-Rangers game there were plenty of scouts: two from each of Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks and Penguins and one scout from the Flames, Avalanche, Flyers, Kings, Canadiens, Senators, Coyotes, Blues, Maple Leafs and Jets. Bob McKenzie noted before the game that the Oilers might be interested in Michal Neuvirth. The Capitals could use a left-handed defenseman, possibly Ladislav Smid. Neuvirth has a $2.5 million cap hit and Smid has four years left at $3.5 million.

11 Comments

  1. Jeff

    October 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

    EDM should be patient finding a veteran goalie.

  2. hotwings

    October 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    they cant be patient. they are paying the price of patience/non-action already. MacT should have addressed the goalie situation in the offseason.

    Does patience mean another stretch of 1-6-1?

    If so, that means no playoffs this year.

  3. oilerfan

    October 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    As an Oiler Fan. I would preferred they go after Neuvirth if he’s available, offer them Smid and prospect. Than I would trade Yakupov, Labarbera to Buffalo for Tyler Myers.

  4. Jeff

    October 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    “they cant be patient. they are paying the price of patience/non-action already. MacT should have addressed the goalie situation in the offseason.
    Does patience mean another stretch of 1-6-1?
    If so, that means no playoffs this year.”

    Sucks, for sure, but i say that in the context of “panic trade vs. patience”.

    And specifically directed at people suggesting they should trade the 2012 1-1 Pick for a Goaltender under contract for just another 8 months. New Coach and New System.

  5. Jeff

    October 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “As an Oiler Fan. I would preferred they go after Neuvirth if he’s available”

    That is not at all a bad idea, if available.

    “Than I would trade Yakupov, Labarbera to Buffalo for Tyler Myers.”

    The way Tyler Myers has been playing the past two seasons, i’m sure Buffalo would accept your proposal without hesitation.

  6. Chris

    October 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I think aquiring Neuvirth would be perfect for this team but I still wouldn’t give up on Dubnyk. If you kept both then they have to compete for the starting position and you just ride the hot goaltender.

  7. sam

    October 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Habs looking for a big centre trading pleckanec and a 1st for Yakupov?

  8. Freddy

    October 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Pleckanec and a 1st round pick for Yakupov

  9. hotwings

    October 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    i think yakupov needs to be in some sort of more stable situation for him to thrive. it seems like eakins is too young… not enough of a father figure/elder statesman.

    I predict that the situation will continue to be poisonous and the situation resolving itself with a trade of Yakupov.

  10. bgdaddycool

    October 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

    That big button most Oiler fans are pushing is the panic button. Not that i blame them for becoming impatient….too many similar style players….equates to poor planning by management…the ripple effect is that few good players want to play in Edmonton. Montreal is not going to give a 1st and Plekanec for Yak….not right now at least. Of Eberle, Hall, N.H., Yak, Gagner, and Hemsky, Oilers need to pick 4 to keep and move 2….but NO ONE wants Hemsky. If they are patient I think there’s a trade with Toronto that could be done and land you Phaneuf….still a top 4 dman although prone to some give aways.

  11. PatHoffman

    October 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

    @oilerfan – if you want to trade Yakupov for Myers straight up I’m sure Buffalo would listen more. Darcy already stocked up on goalies, we don’t need any more.

    Send Labarbera down to OKC if the Oilers trade for Neuvirth, in case of future injuries.