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Kevin Lowe admits “goaltending is a question mark” for Oilers

Nov 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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Once the NHL starts playing hockey again, don’t be surprised if the Edmonton Oilers make a big splash in the trade market.

There’s even speculation they may go after Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

Thursday on Edmonton radio (via Cult of Hockey), Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe admitted: “Goaltending is a question mark, and I say that in all respect to Devan Dubnyk and Khabi (Nikolai Khabibulin). Khabi has been injured and he’s approaching 40. He’s given us stretches of strong goaltending but his health is one thing.”

According to The Province’s Jason Botchford, the Oilers did at one point make an offer for Luongo, though it’s not clear what they proposed in return. (Toronto remains the consensus pick for Luongo’s next team.)

Lowe also suggested Edmonton may look at upgrading its defense.

Regardless of which areas the Oilers choose to address, they’ve got plenty of assets to put on the table. Assuming forwards Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov are untouchable, they could dangle the likes of Sam Gagner and/or Ales Hemsky, plus they could offer up draft picks.

After six straight seasons of missing the playoffs, Lowe knows it’s time for the Oilers to take the next step:

“…absolutely, we’re at some point, whenever that is, we’re probably not too far down the road, we’re going to have to make some tough choices and maybe move some players, or a player, draft picks, to get a piece or two that finishes off the formation of what you feel is a championship team.”

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I just don’t see a divisional trade for players of any worth between Vancouver and Edmonton. Toronto and Boston did it with Kessel and that blew up in the Leafs face – they’ll have to see a lot more of what could have been their top prospects (a first line center and a top pairing d-man among them) than they’d like as a result. That’s why these kinds of deals don’t happen very often.

    Edmonton does have a surplus of top 6 wingers, but I doubt they want to see whichever top, young player the Canucks would accept face them a bunch of times each year just to get Luongo. Their 1st round pick isn’t very likely either unless they want to take a chance it becomes a lottery pick and ends up in the 20-30 overall range.

    They might try and move Hemsky, but the Canucks won’t bite on an injury prone, 29 year old making $5M for the next two seasons – even if he is a skilled scorer when healthy.

  2. butlers91 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Not sure what Lowe is talking about, the Oilers haven’t given up a goal all season! ;-)

    • elvispocomo - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Yeah, but they’re tied for last place!

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