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Lowe reiterates Oilers’ willingess to trade seventh overall pick

May 31, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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Last week, Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said he’d be “very amenable” to using Edmonton’s seventh overall draft pick in a trade.

Today, the team’s president of hockey operations, Kevin Lowe, echoed MacTavish’s comments.

“Because the draft is deep, as you move along, if someone offered us something we felt could fit in with our group, a different age and a certain type of positional player we need, we wouldn’t be opposed to moving the pick,” Lowe told “Maybe where teams are positioned with the [salary] cap going down, all those sorts of moons aligning could lead to something.”

When MacTavish was hired in April, replacing the fired Steve Tambellini, Lowe called his new GM a “man of action.” The same day, MacTavish said he planned to do “bold things” in order to “move the team forward in a rapid fashion.”

In other words, doing nothing this summer doesn’t sound likely.

As Lowe noted, certain teams will need to shed salary as the salary cap falls from $70.2 million to $64.3 million. For teams looking to acquire assets via trade, there will be good players available. Especially for teams with seventh overall picks to deal.

A big center, as well as a goalie to push Devan Dubnyk, are believed to be on Edmonton’s wish list.

  1. guitarmy204 - May 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I don’t understand why every time a GM says he is willing to trade a pick it’s news. I’m pretty sure every pick, in every draft, in every sport can be had for the right price.

    • Jason Brough - May 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      True, but the Oilers are especially likely to do so given their situation.

  2. elvispocomo - May 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Would they try and trade with LA for Bernier considering the divisional realignment next season? I don’t think they go after another older goalie for that position and I don’t see a lot of great options otherwise that’d give them competent minutes if they really want to push Dubnyk.

    Or do they try for Booby Ryan, again considering divisional realignment? Centers are hard to come by, and Ryan has played more wing than center, or would they consider someone like Gaunce from Vancouver? They don’t want a Brian Boyle type guy, who’s big but plays bottom 6.

    But then again, Lowe said this all last year with the 1st so he’s probably thinking he’ll fish for a big bass but get only minnows.

    • billyhauntswizards - May 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      why would they trade for Bernier? Dubnyk’s really not a bad goalie, at least he’s not their problem anyway. Edmonton needs DEFENSE, DEFENSE, and DEFENSE. Of all kinds, shut down men, offensive men (you’re delusional if you think just J. Schultz is their answer on the blue line for offense), and physical d-men. They’re set with forwards pretty much, they REALLY need defense though, so they should be willing to get rid of the pick.

      • FireBettman - May 31, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        I say they pick up Schultz from Washington just for the sake of his name

      • elvispocomo - May 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        It’s almost like you didn’t read the article:

        “A big center, as well as a goalie to push Devan Dubnyk, are believed to be on Edmonton’s wish list.”

  3. graderman - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I wish Katz would think outside the box and hire someone who is not an ex oiler.
    Kevin lowe
    Craig mactavish
    Kelly buchburger
    Steve smyth
    The oilers glory years oilers never used this thinking.
    Kevin lowe is responsible for Horcoffs,Hemsky rediculous salaries.

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