August 2, 2009 | 10:45am ET
Oilers want top-scoring winger

TheFourthPeriod.com

With Dany Heatley well in their rearview mirror, the Edmonton Oilers are extending their search for a top-line goal-scorer to compliment star Ales Hemsky.

Edmonton's options, however, are fairly limited and GM Steve Tambellini might have to be fairly creative in his search.

Among the available unrestricted free agents, only left wing Alex Tanguay has the offensive potential of a first-line player.

Tanguay, 29, made $5.25 million last season. The nine-year NHL veteran will have to take a hefty pay cut and is believed to be looking for a contract around the $4 million range, however sources tell TFP the offers he's received so far haven't hit that mark.

The Oilers have some interest in Tanguay, though it's believed a formal offer has not yet been submitted.

Another potential free agent candidate could be veteran forward Vaclav Prospal, whose contract was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning this past week.

Prospal's agent, Ritch Winter, declined comment when contacted by TFP, though a number of teams are interested in the Czech native, who can play both center and left wing.

On the trade front, the San Jose Sharks have been actively shopping forward Jonathan Cheechoo, but he plays the right wing and doesn't appear to be a fit for the Oilers.

The Philadelphia Flyers are dangerously close to the salary cap and could be looking for more relief.

When the Flyers dealt Joffrey Lupul to the Anaheim Ducks in a package for Chris Pronger, Lupul revealed that he was aware that either him, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere or Simon Gagne was to be moved.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has continued to explore his various trade options and could look to make another deal, presumably a swap for a forward or two making less money.

It's also been widely reported that the Dallas Stars are entertaining the thought of trading Brad Richards and his $7.8 million cap hit. While Richards plays center and the left wing, he's much better suited in the middle, and it's uncertain if the Stars are willing to part with one of the best forwards in a salary dump.

There's no hiding the fact that Dustin Penner, offered in a package for Heatley, could be on his way out if the right trade presents itself for the Oilers.

With just over a month before the start of training camp, Tambellini still has time to upgrade his roster.

From the Editor: I'm not sure a deal is on the horizon for the Oilers, but Tambellini's definitely scouring the market looking for some additional fire power. Along with Dustin Penner, Fernando Pisani and Robert Nilsson have had their names pop up in recent reported trade talk. While no deal is imminent, and the Oilers could very well try to sign Prospal or Tanguay, Tambellini doesn't want to rush into anything. But you'd think he's already had some time to think things over waiting on Heatley.
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