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February 6, 2017 | 8:23pm ET
Oilers quietly shopping, not rushed to make move
TheFourthPeriod.com

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli does not appear to be in any rush to complete a trade, considering the trade deadline is just over three weeks away.

Chiarelli is, however, quietly exploring the market, and should a deal present itself for a bottom-six center, a backup goaltender or a serviceable defenseman, he will engage in trade discussions.

The Oilers have plenty of salary cap space to complete a move or two before the March 1 trade deadline, but management is very comfortable with its roster and may not want to mess with team chemistry.

Right wing Jordan Eberle has resurfaced in trade speculation lately, as teams are indeed inquiring about his availability, but the Oilers are unlikely to move him unless they receive a significant offer that likely includes a top-four defenseman.

Defenseman Brandon Davidson's name has also popped up in trade talk, as the club does not want to risk losing him for nothing in this June's expansion draft.

Davidson is not expected to be protected, based on Edmonton's current roster, and that could result in a trade, which may not necessarily happen until the off-season.

The Oilers are clearly keeping their eyes and ears open, but until the right deal presents itself, they'll likely stay on the sidelines.

 
 
 

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