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October 26, 2013 | 6:56pm ET
Oilers pressing for defensive help

The Edmonton Oilers are fishing for defensive help and could be upping their efforts after Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been scouring the market for a top-tier defenseman and a two-way forward, but has come up empty.

MacTavish has a variety of assets he would consider trading, but it will all come down to the type of player he obtains.

The Oilers are believed to be willing to move 2012 first-overall selection Nail Yakupov, but it would need to be a monstrous deal in order for MacTavish to pull the trigger.

Earlier in the week, there was chatter of the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets casually discussing the parameters of a trade that would include Yakupov and Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian as the centerpieces, but nothing is imminent.

The Oilers could revisit talks with the Philadelphia regarding blueliner Braydon Coburn, who ahs two goals and 10 penalty minutes in nine games with the Flyers so far this season, but such a move would not include Yakupov.

MacTavish and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren had discussed a deal involving Coburn during the NHL Draft in June, and almost agreed to the move, but talks broke down.

Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott might also be a target for the Oilers, along with Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall and Toronto Maple Leafs rearguard Carl Gunnarsson.

The Oilers have been scouting the Maple Leafs fairly regularly this season, and have a scout set to attend tonight's Toronto game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

MacTavish isn't afraid to pull the trigger on an impactful deal, but at this point in the season, it may prove very difficult.

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