2010 NHL draft: Oilers willing to listen for trades, Bruins not so much

With the 2010 NHL draft coming our way next weekend, business is starting to pick up for the top two teams as far as trade discussions go and it’s fun to see the politicking that goes on as both the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins are handling things quite differently.

With the first pick in the draft, the Oilers are apparently all ears, you know, just in case someone gets anxious to get the right to pick Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall, at least TSN’s Darren Dreger has heard as much.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini says teams continue to call, inquiring about what it might take to convince Edmonton to trade the first overall pick in next week’s NHL Entry Draft.

Tambellini’s response remains the same; he says he’s not sure what it would take to move such a valuable asset, but he’s willing to listen and consider all offers.

I’m sure it’s just lip service, but having the general manager of a team say that he’s not sure what it would take to get the top pick in the draft away from him seems baffling. Then again, given how far out of the running for the playoffs the Oilers were last year and how they weren’t able to cast a spell on Dany Heatley to get him to come to Edmonton… Perhaps we shouldn’t be so shocked.

Then again, the Oilers have some dynamic youth on the way in the form of Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, ditching out on their choice of Seguin or Hall to get a more established playmaker (Ottawa’s Jason Spezza has been rumored) could be a franchise-defining move. Tread carefully, Tambellini.

As for the Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli is being a bit more obvious about his intentions regarding the Seguin/Hall debate as the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinozawa found out.

“I’m not moving it,” Chiarelli said of the No. 2 position. “We’re going to take one of those two forwards.”

That probably won’t stop teams from making phone calls to Chiarelli, but then again, the Bruins also have the 15th overall selection in the draft as well. Perhaps someone thinks they might be able to pry that away from Boston but for the Bruins, this is their big opportunity to add a couple of fantastic young pieces to a farm system that was starting to look bleak. With former Denver University standout Joe Colborne coming into the system as well as last year’s first round pick and the picks from this year’s draft coming soon, business is about to pick up youth-wise.

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    So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?

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    You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

    Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

    “Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

    Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

    Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

    It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

    Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

    On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

    It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

    * – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.

    Price paid: Devils come back against Condon, Canadiens

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    If nothing else, the New Jersey Devils seem like they won’t be the sort of team a contender can essentially mark off as a “W” on their calendars.

    The Montreal Canadiens may not be in a position to take opponents lightly with Carey Price on the shelf, but whatever the case may be, they saw their four-game winning streak end in frustrating fashion on Saturday.

    After falling behind 2-0, the Devils scrapped their way back into it, eventually riding a John Moore overtime goal to a 3-2 OT win.

    If Montreal needs an obvious bright side to look on considering this hiccup, Alex Galchenyuk‘s hot weekend may be a good thing to look at.

    Tonight’s loss may smart a bit anyway, however.

    Metro’s best? Capitals keep winning, pass Rangers for division lead

    Jonathan Bernier; Matt Niskanen; Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

    If you want to summarize the Capitals – Maple Leafs game in one sentence, you could do worse than:

    “Washington is hot as Jonathan Bernier is cold.”

    The Caps reeled off a 4-2 win against Toronto on Saturday, giving them five straight wins. They also jumped into first place in the Metropolitan Division today, as they keep climbing while the New York Rangers are experiencing some growing pains.

    Again, James Reimer can’t get healthy and back in Toronto’s net too soon:

    With this win, Washington is now 17-5-1, leading the Metro by one point with 35 standings points. They also hold a game in hand against the Rangers, and no other Metro team even has 30 right now.

    Measuring stick stretch begins

    Tonight’s game began a “prove-it” month-and-change for Washington.

    This contest began a three-game road trip, and they’ll also play six of seven away from Washington.

    It’s pretty rough through the start of 2016, really. The Capitals will only enjoy three home games through Jan. 9.

    In other words, the Capitals seem like a convincing East contender, but look out if they remain hot through the next 5-6 weeks.

    Video: Evgeni Malkin leaves Oilers spinning


    Yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins, whether it’s founded on serious problems or merely speculation.

    It’s easy to get swept up in all of that and ignore the fact that, hey, they still have Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Those two can really heal wounds with their on-ice play, and in Saturday’s case, Malkin is taking over against the Edmonton Oilers.

    His spin-o-rama goal above was a real jaw-dropper. He also scored Pittsburgh’s second tally:

    These highlights feel like Malkin’s way of saying “It’s going to be just fine.”

    Update: It wasn’t enough for a win, however, as the Oilers beat the Penguins 3-2 via a shootout.