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June 3, 2013 | 3:46pm ET
Oilers could be active this month
TheFourthPeriod.com

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish could have a very busy this month, with the NHL Draft four weeks away.

The Oilers are looking to solidify their blueline and could finally pull the trigger on a deal involving one of their top young forwards.

With Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall locked up to long-term deals, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov in entry-level deals, restricted free agent center Sam Gagner could be the odd man out.

The Oilers have been linked to Phoenix Coyotes rearguard Keith Yandle, and the Coyotes have been scouring the market for help up front.

Yandle, who has three-years left on his contract, could be dealt this summer, as the team has received plenty of interest in him since last year's NHL Draft.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are also very interested in Yandle, and those discussions are expected to resume this month. It's believed the Flyers are willing to part with youngster Sean Couturier as part of a deal.

The Oilers have also been linked to New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, whom the Blueshirts are expected to dangle as trade bait in an attempt to obtain an offensive-minded forward.

MacTavish and Oilers president Kevin Lowe are interested in obtaining a veteran defenseman to replace Ryan Whitney, who they will not be re-signing.

The Oilers select seventh-overall in this month's Draft and could target a defenseman, but the team is also open to trading their pick in exchange for help on the backend.

"Because the draft is deep, as you move along, if someone offered us something we felt could fit in with our group, a different age and a certain type of positional player we need, we wouldn't be opposed to moving the pick," Lowe told NHL.com last week. "Maybe where teams are positioned with the [salary] cap going down, all those sorts of moons aligning could lead to something."


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