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February 7, 2014 | 10:10pm ET
Oilers, Flyers re-engage trade talks?
TheFourthPeriod.com

Edmonton and Philadelphia could be involved in significant trade discussions, as top members of the Flyers' management brass scouted the Oilers' latest game in New Jersey.

The Oilers and Flyers have been engaged in trade talks for some time; Philadelphia almost traded defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Oilers during the 2013 NHL Draft.

With the Olympic roster freeze in affect, teams are not able to trade players until Feb. 24, but they can continue to negotiate and could agree to terms during the break.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Assistant GM Ron Hextall, Head of Pro Scouting Dave Brown and Pro Scout Al Hill attended Friday night's Oilers game against the Devils, prompting speculation that serious trade talks between the two clubs are ongoing.

While TFP cannot confirm, at this point, if the two teams are actually involved in trade negotiations, the Flyers have shown interest in Oilers star Jordan Eberle and right wing Ales Hemsky in the past, and the Oilers have been linked to Coburn and teammates Sean Couturier and Luke Schenn.

It's unknown who, if anyone, the Flyers and Oilers are discussing between them, but having Philly's top decision makers attend Edmonton's game has raised eyebrows.

The Oilers have been actively shopping the likes of Hemsky, left wing Ryan Smyth and center Sam Gagner, but have also received plenty of interest in the likes of Eberle and right wing Nail Yakupov.

Hemsky and Smyth are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1.

Holmgren has been on the lookout for a top-line winger to play with captain Claude Giroux and could be targeting Eberle.

The NHL trade deadline is March 5 at 3pm ET.


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