"I don't see how making a bad trade helps anybody. Are we trying to do something to shore up the deficient areas? Absolutely. But I'm not doing something at all costs," he told the Edmonton Journal. "We've got significant pieces. Does the record really reflect the first 13 (games)? Everybody can draw their own conclusions there. And I'm drawing mine. I don't think it's reflective. We're improving."
Though a number of fans are calling for a change between the pipes, there isn't a major market for goaltenders, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller isn't likely to waive his no-movement clause for Edmonton.
MacTavish is more focused on improve the team's defensive corps and overall team defense and grit, instead of obtaining a new netminder.
"I'm evaluating this group based on a 12- or 13-game stretch, not bringing in the baggage of what's happened previously," he said. "There are holes. Are they fixable in the short term? Some are. But they're solveable over the long term."
The Oilers have several young pieces they can move, along with a few veteran stars in the final year of their respective contracts, and the Journal claims the team might even be willing to trade its 2014 first-round draft pick for the right price.
"You have to put value on what you're getting and what you're paying. We'll do whatever's reasonable to help this current group," MacTavish told the paper. "But I won't make a trade because you run the risk of undoing your long-term objectives for a very myopic, very short-sighted gain."
Fourteen games into the regular-season and the Oilers sit last in the Western Conference with a 3-9-2 record.