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February 4, 2013 | 11:15am ET
Oilers continue fishing for upgrades
TheFourthPeriod.com

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini would like to upgrade his roster and has sent his scouts out to keep an eye on several teams in the Eastern Conference.

Edmonton has been an exciting team to watch in the early part of the season, but Tambellini still wants to improve the club's overall defensive game.

The Oilers' young guns haven't exploded out of the gate, but there is enough talent up front that management isn't worried about its offense.

Tambellini has been looking to make a major upgrade on the backend, though several teams are expected to hold on to their top assets until closer to the April 3 trade deadline.

Two Oilers scouts attended Toronto's 1-0 home loss to Boston on Saturday night, while Edmonton also scouted Buffalo's 4-3 home loss to Florida on Sunday.

The Oilers and Maple Leafs held several trade discussions last season, but were unable to come to terms on a deal. With a new GM in David Nonis, the Leafs could change their position and complete a deal with the Oilers if the two sides could come to an agreement.

The Leafs have been dangling the likes of Mike Komisarek and Cody Franson, while Carl Gunnarsson could also be available.

In Phoenix, the Coyotes are fielding calls for All-Star Keith Yandle, who has three-years left on his contract beyond this season with an annual salary cap hit of $5.25 million.

Tambellini would be very interested in acquiring a defenseman of Yandle's caliber, though the price tag would be extremely high and the Coyotes would undoubtedly want one of Edmonton's young stars in return.


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