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Craig MacTavish will have some difficult decisions facing him in the offseason
As soon as Craig MacTavish took up the mantle of General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers he promised to make bold moves in order to help the team take the next step.
A statement such as this likely means that one of the Oilers’ top young players could be dealt if the correct deal presents itself. But the question would then center around who would stay and who would go.
Sam Gagner, 22, has proved to be a valuable player for the Oilers. The team will likely look to secure the restricted free agent’s services in a multi-year deal this offseason.
Edmonton could move a player like Magnus Paajarvi or even a player like Jordan Eberle to help secure that legitimate No.1 defender the team has lacked since Chris Pronger left the team.
While trading a player like Eberle would be a tough pill to swallow, the return from such a deal could have a very positive impact on the team.
It’s not easy trading away young talent, especially a player with such enormous offensive potential. MacTavish will have to do his due diligence before executing such a bold move.