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We all know the Oilers are expected to have a good season next year, but what pieces do they draft/sign/acquire to make that push to the playoffs? Here is what I thought of:

Draft: Although Nail Yakupov is highly expected to go No. 1 overall, but with Columbus ending up with the 2nd overall pick, Edmonton has to take Ryan Murray to help start the rebuild on defense.

Signings: We all know how bad the Oil's defense is, but with a few unexpected signings, (liking convincing Nicklas Lidstrom to sign there) (think a Sundin like contract) would be a good start. They could also use a solid 3rd pairing guy like Mark Stuart, as well as, if a trade were to happen, Keith Ballard. So three new blue liners is a solid start. Their top nine could also use some tinkering, so a change of scenery could be a good thing for a guy like Alex Semin.

Trades: This will be the most important part of Steve Tambellini's off season next to the draft, so here are some moves that would almost guarantee a spot in the top 20:

Trade 1)

Edmonton receives: Benoit Pouliot

Pouliot provides some extra stability to Edmonton's bottom six.

Boston receives: Jeff Petry + 2012 3rd round pick

Trade 2)

Edmonton receives: Roberto Luongo + Keith Ballard + Mason Raymond + 2012 2nd round pick

This move gives Edmonton that long awaited, puck moving d man and a franchise goalie

Vancouver receives: Magnus Paajarvi + Taylor Hall + Sam Gagner + 2013 1st round pick

Trade 3)

Edmonton receives: Mark Stuart + Bryan Little

Edmonton gets a playmaking winger that replaces Paajarvi nicely

Winnipeg receives: Shawn Horcoff + Corey Potter + Nikolai Khabibulin + 2012 2nd round pick

In: Alex Semin, Keith Ballard, Mark Stuart, Bryan Little, Benoit Pouliot, Jarret Stoll, Matt Carle and Jamior Jagr, Roberto Luongo

Out: Shawn Horcoff, Jeff Petry, Corey Potter, Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi

Edmonton Oilers 2012-13 line up:

Alex Semin - RNH - Jordan Eberle

Ryan Smyth - Bryan Little - Ales Hemsky

Mason Raymond - Jarret Stoll - Jamior Jagr

Benoit Pouliot - Eric Belanger - Ben Eager

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ryan Murray

Matt Carle - Keith Ballard

Mark Stuart - Theo Peckham

Roberto Luongo

Devan Dubnyk

Hopefully this post wasn't to long and hard to read.

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A lot of things wrong in there. And I challenge you to find a deal made within a division that involves one player of high caliber, nevermind the 6 you have in the Edm/Van deal. Even a deal like Raymond/Gagner would be unlikely within a division.

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Trade #1) Not bad.

Trade #2) Edmonton wouldn't do it.

Trade #3) Winnipeg wouldn't do it.

After these playoffs I think Semin will re-sign in Washington.

Jagr will not play for Edmonton.

Lidstrom would not play for any team other than Detroit.

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Guest The Brown Burrows

You ruined Edmonton.

They just need to sign 1-2 top defencemen to help out Ryan Whitney and bring in 2 forwards.

They're going to be good next year if they don't make any boneheaded moves (drafting Murray, bringing in players like Hordichuk).

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Trade 1.

- Petry > Pouliot

Trade 2.

- Every ridiculous Canuck trade proposal invloves Ballard and Raymond. Raymond doesn't have much value and Ballard has negative value.

- Luongo hs no to negative value. Canucks would likely if they are able to get rid of him without taking a bad contract back.

- Hall is a franchise forward still on his entry level contract.

Trade 3.

- Horcoff has negative value.

Signings

- Lidstrom plays in Detroit or retires.

Overall, your trades make Edmonton substantially worse. Your signings are unlikely and only a temporary solution since a couple of them are over 40.

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