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Team insider speculates on Edmonton Oilers trading for Jarome Iginla at deadline. Make sense?

Edmonton Journal logo Edmonton Journal 2016-12-13 David Staples, Edmonton Journal

This in, Oilers announcer and insider Bob Stauffer speculating as he does on the radio about who the Oilers might trade and who they might acquire, with Stauffer’s speculative interest today focused on Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche.

Said Stauffer: “In spite of the loss of Darnell Nurse the perception that Edmonton needs a right shot (d-man) I would argue that, yeah, they need a right shot, but the more pressing need is upfront and not on defence. If the right player were to be available, if I’m Peter Chiarelli, and I can’t speak for Peter, but if I’m Peter, I’m kind of looking at going, I might need a guy that is a shooter, if there’s a goal scorer. Maybe that players doesn’t exist but that might might be more right now than a right shot defenceman.”

Stauffer mentioned that with Eric Gryba and Brandon Davidson coming back, and with the play of Benning, the Oilers can survive on defence right now. “I think if anything the Oilers would like to maybe add another guy who has little bit more finite touch around the net up front. That’s just hazarding a guess, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the case.”

Stauffer went on to mention that one of his favourite all-time players is Jarome Iginla. “Would I have time for Jarome Iginla? Sure. The Avs would have to take some money back, make sure. They’d have to take some short term money back. Why wouldn’t you have time for Jarome Iginla? How do you not respect Jarome Iginla. People say, Ah, he’s done, he’s finished. Never write off players like that. For a short timeframe guys like that can pull it together and they can bring it. If he were to waive (his no-trade), he’s a right wing, he’s a competitive player, he’s not the fastest guy, but he can still shoot the puck. He can one-time the puck…Hard not to like Jarome Iginla. If the opportunity presented itself, I think you’d have to look at it.”

  • As for whether it’s wise to pick up the 39-year-old Iginla in a deal, well, the price should be low. He’s only got three goals and seven points in 27 games this year. He’s shooting just 5.8 per cent, so his goal total is a bit light, but he’s no Jarome Iginla anymore, if you know what I mean. On a playoff team, I suspect he’ll be a third-liner at best, a Grumpy Old Man type, playing hard, gritty two-way hockey in the pressure games. But I only suspect this as I haven’t watched Iginla closely enough this year to have an informed take on him. 
  • Iginla has been a deadline day pick-up once before, with Pittsburgh in 2013, when he scored 12 points in 15 playoff games.
  • As for the need on the Oilers, Iginla is a right shot and a big, tough winger. Right now Edmonton has Jordan Eberle, Jesse Puljujarvi, Zack Kassian, Anton Slepyshev and Tyler Pitlick on the right side. All these players have so impressed coach Todd McLellan that on the top power play unit he’s now using Mark Letestu, a career fourth-line center, on the left half-wall. So one can see McLellan might well want a better shooter there. I’m not sure Iginla is that player, and I’m more than a wee bit upset that Jesse Puljujarvi hasn’t been given an extended shot in that prime spot, given Puljujarvi’s obvious shooting and passing skills. 
  • Edmonton’s right wing depth isn’t terrible, but if the Oilers are in the playoff hunt I can see the coach wanting to add another veteran. 
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