Last week there was speculation the Edmonton Oilers were close to shipping winger David Perron to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Artem Anisimov. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reported Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was talking with other GMs but wasn't close to making a trade, while Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman followed up claiming Jackets management weren't keen on parting with Anisimov.
With Anisimov now sidelined two-three months with a torn triceps muscle, the Oilers must look elsewhere for a center. The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was spotted chatting with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong during Friday's Oilers-Blues game.
Matheson claims there's talk MacTavish is interested in Blues center Patrik Berglund, who's playing left wing this season. Don't expect a Perron-for-Berglund swap. Last year Armstrong shipped Perron to Edmonton for winger Magnus Paajarvi, but TSN's Bob McKenzie recently said the Blues don't want him back.
Perhaps the Oilers could swing a deal with the now-struggling Ottawa Senators. The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch lists a trade among the Senators' possible moves when blueliner Marc Methot (back injury) returns to the lineup.
Senators forwards Colin Greening and Erik Condra are available, but both are left wingers and the Oilers seek a center. Garrioch notes the Oilers are among clubs seeking defensive help, suggesting Senators blueliner Patrick Wiercioch might interest them.
TSN's Shawn Simpson recently speculated the two clubs could make a big deal, especially if the Oilers are willing to part with Jordan Eberle, which Simpson believes could net them Sens goalie Craig Anderson.
The Senators, however, are among the worst defensive teams in the league and rely on Anderson and backup Robin Lehner to bail them out on most nights. It could be a risky move parting with Anderson right now, even if the Oilers were dangling Eberle.
Maybe the Oilers can swing a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins? USA Today's Kevin Allen observes the Penguins have plenty of promising blueline prospects but not many at forward, while the Oilers lack quality young defensemen. Young winger Nail Yakupov is struggling in Edmonton, but Allen believes he could regain his scoring touch playing alongside Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh.
In the same breath, however, Allen dismisses this idea. He points out the Penguins are in “win-now” mode and want a proven scorer. He feels this move would be a risky proposition for Pittsburgh, as Yakupov could become a first-overall bust.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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