Commentary

Do Oilers have anyone Bruins want?

Updated: January 12, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Matt Kalman | ESPNBoston.com

We're less than two months from the NHL trade deadline and several published reports say that the Edmonton Oilers, who are last in the Western Conference, are open for business as far as selling off high-priced veteran talent to the highest bidders.

Few teams with Stanley Cup aspirations need to add more to their current roster than the Bruins, who are staggering along offensively at a clip of just 2.48 goals per game. At least one more scoring forward and one puck-moving defenseman durable enough to make it through the stretch run and postseason should be on the Bruins' shopping list right now.

Let's take a look at some of the players who have come up in rumors out of Edmonton and see if anything fits with the Bruins:

Sheldon Souray, defense

The 33-year-old blueliner would have to waive his no-trade clause -- a move he recently told the Edmonton Journal he would consider -- and is made less attractive by both his $5.4 million cap hit and the two more years left on his deal. With just 12 points (3 goals) and a minus-10 rating, he's obviously having a tough time playing on an under-talented team. But he's just one year removed from a 53-point campaign. The Bruins will have to keep an eye on Souray, especially if there's a chance Edmonton would consider some sort of package involving Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick. With Andrew Ference and Derek Morris both unrestricted free agents, and Johnny Boychuk and Mark Stuart restricted, after this season, a move for Souray could help this year and start the Bruins toward building next season's back end.

Steve Staios, defense

A return to Boston for the 36-year-old stay-at-home blueliner would make some sense if the Bruins are just looking to add the veteran depth they lost when they let Shane Hnidy and Steve Montador walk last summer. At a $2.7 million cap hit, Boston would probably need a little more production than Staios could offer, especially with that same hit on the cap for next season.

Ethan Moreau, left wing

You don't even need to look at the contract when Moreau's name comes up. All you have to do is look at the stats -- four goals, eight points in 43 games. The Bruins have more than enough underperforming wingers in their lineup as is. However, as a throw-in as part of a multi-player deal he could fill a gap should a Michael Ryder or Byron Bitz be involved in a deal.

Fernando Pisani, right wing

Ulcerative colitis has slowed the career of this former 18-goal scorer. He has missed all but eight games this season because of that disease and a back injury. There won't really be any interest in Pisani on the trade market except as a throw-in, and the Bruins just don't have the cap space to take on a guy who can't be relied on to play every night.

There will be more sellers around the league -- Toronto, Carolina, Columbus -- as the trade deadline gets closer and plenty of potential reinforcements for the Bruins to consider. That'll be good news because the pickings from Edmonton are slim.

Matt Kalman is the Bruins blogger for ESPNBoston.com and runs TheBruinsBlog.net.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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