NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | 4:00pm ET
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OILERS EXPLORING TRADE OPTIONS

 
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Peter Chiarelli, Oilers GM

 
 

The Edmonton Oilers are looking for ways to improve their hockey club and bolster their playoff chances this season, though time may not be on their side.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was spotted on the list for Monday night's Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres game, prompting speculation that he could be eyeing players from both teams.

The Blue Jackets are dangling some of their defensemen, including Ryan Murray, in an attempt to land a top-line center, while the Sabres have been getting calls on players such as left wing Evander Kane, who is in the final year of his contract.

Chiarelli has expressed his disappointment in his team's performance, as the Oilers sit second-last in the Western Conference with a 7-11-2 record over 20 games, and suggested moves were coming.
 

Last week, the Oilers acquired veteran winger Michael Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Jussi Jokinen in a depth-move to strengthen their bottom-six forward group and their powerplay.

In a perfect world, the Oilers would like to add a top-four defenseman and a scoring, second-line winger to their roster.

It's unclear who Chiarelli is now targeting or if there was a specific player he was eyeing on Buffalo or Columbus, but with the team's proximity to the salary cap, a major move mid-season may be unlikely.