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October 9, 2013 | 9:58am ET
Oilers looking to improve blueline
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Edmonton Oilers want to get better defensively and GM Craig MacTavish has been scouring the market for an upgrade on the backend.

As mentioned in TSN's "Insider Trading" segment during last night's Colorado-Toronto game, Bob McKenzie indicated the Oilers were shopping.

"There's no panic button being pushed in Edmonton by general manager Craig MacTavish, but I would also suggest that after three games and 15 goals against, MacTavish is more open to business than most GMs would be after the first week of the season," McKenzie said.

In a perfect world, MacTavish would love to acquire a top-pairing defenseman. While he has the assets to get such a deal done, that type of a move doesn't appear to be imminent.

McKenzie indicated that MacTavish is "trying to find something that would be considered bold," but it's unclear what specifically he's looking for.

If the Oilers are willing to part with some of their young stars, they could get themselves a great defenseman, but Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are considered untouchables, while it's unlikely the team moves Nail Yakupov.


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