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February 14, 2017 | 8:25pm ET
Oilers would like to add winger
TheFourthPeriod.com

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli doesn't plan on being overly active in the rental market, but if he finds the right deal for an offensive-minded winger, he may act on it.

Chiarelli spoke with the local media on Tuesday and admitted that while he's been manning the phones, he's proceeding with caution.

"I really don't want to delve into that market," he said. "I think there are areas we can tinker with. I think the team deserves it, based on that they're in the conversation. We wanted to be in the conversation and we are.

"Things fall in your lap, and we'll see what happens. There's a lot of time left, but I don't see us being heavily involved in that market."

In a perfect world, the Oilers would like to bring in a scoring forward to on one of the team's top two lines allowing Leon Draisaitl to post up permanently as the team's second-line center.

The Oilers are putting Draisaitl back at the No.2 center spot in between Patrick Maroon and Anton Slepyshev, while Jordan Eberle and Milan Lucic are expected to play with Connor McDavid in tonight's matchup against Arizona.

It's believed the Oilers have expressed interest in Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves, as well as Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal. Both players are in the final year of their contracts and can become unrestricted free agents this summer.

Failing to land a top-six winger could result in the team adding to its bottom-six, as Chiarelli has kicked the tires on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle, among others.

 
 
 

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