Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Oilers could look to FA market
By Victoria Matiash
With Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger out hurt, the Edmonton Oilers are short on experienced centermen. Maintaining (accurately, as far as we can tell) that a trade for such a figure would be difficult to broker at this stage, Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal suggets GM Steve Tambellini could look to the free agent market to fill the void.
Outlining Jason Arnott, Blair Betts, Dominic Moore, Brendan Morrison, and Jesse Winchester as other options, Willis proposes Daymond Langkow could serve as a decent two-way forward in the short-term.
"... Langkow is similar to Arnott in that he’s probably more suited to a depth offensive than a defensive role. He’s also smaller than Arnott, and not especially good in the faceoff circle. However, he has killed penalties in the past and last year showed he could still play hockey after returning from a serious neck injury that cost him almost all of the 2010-11 season. There’s a good case that he’s a better two-way player than Arnott right now ..."