February 11, 2010 // 1:49pm ET
Oilers, Blue Jackets talking trade?

Could the two teams sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference find a way to help each other before the Mar. 3 trade deadline?

It appears they're trying.

According to sources, the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets have been scouting each other lately and are involved in trade discussions.

The Blue Jackets had a scout attending last night's Oilers game in Anaheim, while Oilers director of pro scout Morey Gare was in Columbus yesterday.

It's believed the Blue Jackets are interested in Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, though it's uncertain if Edmonton is willing to move him. The Oilers, meanwhile, are looking to acquire a top-six forward.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who used to work for the Oilers prior to joining Columbus, has indicated that he won't part with R.J. Umberger, though the team may be willing to deal Kristian Huselius.

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