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Oilers GM MacTavish: ‘It’s a good year to be a UFA’

Jun 16, 2014, 9:09 AM EDT

Craig MacTavish AP

This summer is an important one for Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006 and being the team that’s become the butt of jokes about failure is never fun.

One thing MacTavish and many other GMs know is the free agency pool isn’t exactly deep as he told Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.

“This year there are not so many top free agents available,” MacTavish said. “The guys who would normally be secondary targets are now the primary targets. It’s a good year to be a UFA.”

MacTavish said he’d ideally like to add two or three players through free agency and one or two more through trades. One area they need a lot of help is on defense where most of their high-end talent is very green.

With guys like Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse on the horizon and Martin Marincin already having made a splash, getting them swamped in the NHL as kids isn’t ideal. Now you know why Braydon Coburn‘s name has come up again in trade rumors.

One thing is for sure, MacTavish and the Oilers can’t afford to slip up. The playoff drought has become a bit much to bear up north.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    One problem.

    No one wants to play in Edmonton.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      That’s a good point, the Coburn speculation is funny because he has a partial no trade, there’s a pretty good chance Edmonton is on that list…

  2. storminator16 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    “[Your teams's] GM [Name of your GM]: ‘It’s a good year to be a UFA’

    [Your team] wants to add 4 or 5 free agents this summer.”

    Fantasy does not equate reality.

  3. tross16 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    This organization is a joke now

  4. spezzdispenser - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    where do fans throw their jerseys in the offseason?

  5. withseidelinn - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    So basically he’s already admitted to overpaying for players before even making an offer? Wow.

  6. luz56 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    MacT you are a scumbag… Like all the others convicted for manslaughter while driving under the influence and killing someone….I guess your punishment is living in Edmonton… Keep your pie hole shut

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Well said friend about this ‘convicted’ murderer. You know, I’ve always agreed with the old adage that says ‘the eyes are the ‘true’ portal to a person’s soul’. And in that context, I contend that all it takes is one ‘brief’ glance at the enclosed photo to appreciate what MacTavish is really all about. For he is evil and rotten to the core and it’s a shame that the Oilers are either afraid or unwilling to do ‘that’ which now needs to be done.

  7. roblo76 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    It’s not like any UFA worth anything is going there anyway.

  8. nj666 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    when is that mickey mouse organization going to get its act together?

  9. avfanforlife - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Not much love from anybody here for the Oiler’s is there? Guess the good ole #99 days are gone AND long forgotten! Keep the faith Oiler fans – If the Av’s can turn things around – you will too eventually…

  10. iowa02 - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    I am surprised that he is still employed as a GM. Hmmm.

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