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Edmonton Oilers not believed to be in the mix for Taylor Hall, NHL insiders say. But why not?
This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug., pouring and bucket of snow and ice water on speculation that the Edmonton Oilers might try to trade for Taylor Hall: “As expected, don’t believe the Oilers are in the mix on Taylor Hall at this point. Much speculated in recent months but again, Oilers are dollar in, dollar out and not looking to move picks.”
GARRIOCH: Senators send blueliner Reilly to Bruins and Coburn to Islanders with deadline approaching
Mike Reilly is going from Bytown to Beantown. Pierre Dorion spent Sunday huddled in his Canadian Tire Centre office working the phones and, with the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, he sent defenceman Reilly packing. Unable to sign the 27-year-old blueliner to a deal, Dorion dealt him to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL entry draft late Sunday night. The Senators wanted to make room for younger players and Reilly was offered the opportunity to stay on a short-term deal. The Senators have held talks with his Los Angeles-based agent Pat Brisson this weekend to see if they could get an extension in place. A good partner for Artem Zub, Reilly has excelled offensively with 19 assists and has been given a big role by coach D.J. Smith. Getting a third-round pick in exchange for Reilly was good value by Dorion. Later in the night, veteran defenceman Braydpn Coburn was dealt to the New York Islanders for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft. All in all it was a good day for Dorion. The Senators general manager has been the centre of attention the past three years by making big deals before trading came to halt, this time around he’s holding no shortage of talks, but there may not be the flurry of activity we’ve seen in the past. The Senators are in a group of sellers in the North Division that includes the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. One of the biggest names disappeared off the board Sunday when the Toronto Maple Leafs made a big deal to acquire former Senators winger Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets along with former Ottawa first-rounder Stefan Noesen. That may shake up the market a bit and force contenders in the Eastern Conference to make deals. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll turn to the Senators to see if they have pieces that can help. If Dorion is to make any moves Monday it may go right down to the wire because the talks that took place on Sunday set the table for what will happen on the final day. Teams tend to state their interest in several players, target them on a list from highest to lowest then make moves as names come off the list. Money is tight in all 31 of the NHL’s markets and owners aren’t in the mood to spend with league’s revenues taking a huge hit because of the pandemic. Instead of just adding, some teams may also have to subtract because contenders have to make money in and money out deals, especially those that are up against the salary cap. The biggest area where Dorion can offer teams help is those looking for depth is on defence with veteran Erik Gudbranson. There are several teams looking for help on defence, including the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets to name a few. The Jets are in town to start a two-game series Monday night. The issue is there’s a lot teams offering up blueliners at this deadline. Heading into Sunday night, the likes of Dallas’ Jamie Oleksiak, Chicago’s Nikita Zadorov, Nashville’s Mattias Ekholm and Alex Goligoski of Arizona were among those still available. The Senators want to make room for younger players which is why they wouldn’t go long-term with Reilly. Erik Brannstrom will get more playing time down the stretch which means if Coburn and Gudbranson stick around their could be limited. Jacob Bernard-Docker is out of quarantine with teammate Shane Pinto and both will skate with the Senators Monday. The club is being built around young players with the likes of alternate captains Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk along with Tim Stuetzle, Drake Batherson, Colin White, Josh Norris and Brannstrom. It’s no coincidence many of those players have led the way for this team and have been able to play big roles. They will be given every opportunity to help this team succeed. Owner Eugene Melnyk told The Hockey News in an interview with the publication’s owner Graeme Roustan that was posted on the weekend he’s confident the Senators are headed in the right direction and he had a message for his detractors. “All I can say is they are going to have a boring time, and they are going to have to hide the next 10 years,” Melnyk said. “You have to have that thick skin There’s never going to be a 100% consensus that what you are doing is right. I, for one, was annihilated in the public by people putting up billboards and all that kind of stuff. “But you sit back as long as you are confident that you made the right bet. I think that we did. We invested in it. We did a total teardown, there is no tweaking here. If you take a look at our team from three years ago, I don’t think there’s a single player left.” email@example.com