Top Left Header
Go Home
Follow on... Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS Follow Us with E-Mail Updates!
Follow Me on TwitterRob Soria is the Edmonton Oilers' correspondent for Rob was born and raised in Edmonton and is the author of the Edmonton Oilers blog - He has been a dedicated follower of the game and its history for years but his focus remains on his hometown Edmonton Oilers. If you have questions or wish to contact Rob, you can email him at
Yandle should be atop the Oilers and Tambellini's wish list
Rob Soria

Yandle should be atop the Oilers and Tambellini
With Nail Yakupov now a member of the Edmonton Oilers, the focus for Steve Tambellini and his team needs to turn to beefing up their blueline. While that is usually far easier said than done, their are players available. None better than Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle.

Edmonton - June 23, 2012 - Now that the Edmonton Oilers took care of the easy part of their weekend, selecting Nail Yakupov with the first overall selection of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Steve Tambellini needs to turn his attention to beefing up the Oilers blueline. While there were rumblings that Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle might be available, that became much more likely after the Coyotes re-acquired blueliner Zbynek Michalek from, the Pittsburgh Penguins, for a third round pick in the 2012 draft, prospect Harrison Ruopp and goaltender Marc Cheverie. With Yandle on the market, Tambellini should do whatever is necessary to construct a deal with Phoenix GM Don Maloney, for the talented defenceman.

With the Coyotes already having the likes of Michalek, Rostislav Klesla, Derek Morris and stud Oliver Ekman-Larsson already in the fold and Memorial Cup standout Brandon Gormley waiting in the wings, the time would seem ideal for Phoenix to look at moving a rearguard. Add in the fact that Yandle earns a pretty penny at $5.25 million until 2015 - 2016, on a club that is seemingly always in financial difficulty, and that they are in desperate needs of adding some pieces upfront and the Oilers look like a perfect trading partner.

Outside of what has now become the big four, in Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Yakupov, nearly every other player, outside of probably Oscar Klefbom, should be made available. Obviously, they would like to stay away from moving either Ladislav Smid or Jeff Petry, if at all possible, but in order to grab a player as good as the still twenty-five year old D man, they are going to have to part with some quality to get the job done. Spare parts won't do.

Phoenix will likely retain the services of captain Shane Doan but they are starting to look a little thin amongst their forwards. Would a guy like Ales Hemsky look good in the desert? Probably but his $5 million cap hit would not help the Coyotes from a money standpoint. Though he would definitely help from a skill set point of view. There's also the usual cast of characters like Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi and possibly Anton Lander or Teemu Hartikainen that could be had for the right return. Not to mention draft picks, including picks in 2013 draft, which looks to be a highly regarded prospect pool.

Point is, the Oilers have the pieces in place to pull off this sort of move and it will come down to whether or not Steve Tambellini is willing to make the swap. He continually talks about how Edmonton have to upgrade their backend and here is a perfect opportunity to do just that. It is by no means an easy trade to make but one that has to seriously be considered, if the plan is to actually move forward and improve the club. The ball is in your court Steve, now do something with it.

Follow on... Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS Follow Us with E-Mail Updates!
Send Us Your Thoughts

Title - Story Count
8,399 Stories & Growing Daily...

To date has posted a total of 8,399 stories! News, sports, hockey, lifestyle, opinion and more!

Be sure to check out our Contributors and Columnists archives!

Title - More OH Headlines
Click on Photo or Story Title for more info
Detroit Grand Prix Canceled for 2020
Team Canada will not send athletes to Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks
NBA to suspend season following Wednesday
Lyn St. James to Race in Historic Trans-Am Series at the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Fast Facts News Database Last Updated:
Dec. 31, 2021 @ 8:03 AM EST

Free Sitemap Generator