Edmonton Oilers Face Plenty of Rumors: What's True and What Isn't?

Jim ParsonsContributor INovember 10, 2009

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11:  Michael Nylander #92 of the Washington Capitals looks on during the game against the New York Rangers on February 11, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an increase in the amount of typical rumor mill garbage that has surfaced about the Oilers. I say garbage, because 99 percent of what's out there isn't usually very accurate.

It's likely no coincidence that stirrings began when Edmonton dipped in the NHL standings.

With that said, let's look at a rundown of some of the latest "buzz" and weigh in on what might be true and should stay a rumor.

Michael Nylander Will Be Picked Up by Edmonton before He Gets the Chance To Go to Europe or the KHL

This one is a real stretch and is almost 100 percent untrue for a couple of reasons.

While the Oilers are low in offensive depth thanks to some key injuries and illness, they aren't that low. If they have had any interest at all, it wasn't evident as Nylander cleared waivers thanks to his ridiculous salary that the Oilers barely escaped the first time around and Edmonton isn't looking to make that mistake again.

Should Nylander pop up on re-entry waivers, the Oilers management may ask the question, knowing his $4.8 million cap hit over the next two years is reduced, but it will be a question quickly squashed. Nylander isn't likely to play anywhere in the NHL this year unless Washington is so up a creek with injuries they have no other option.

Nathan Horton Could Be Traded and the Oilers Want In

If Nathan Horton is actually on the block in Florida, I'm sure the Oilers do want in, as they've liked him for some time. But, that's a big if.

Rumors surrounding Horton are not new, despite the fact that Florida GM Randy Sexton has denied Horton's exit at every turn. Many still suggest Horton's time in Florida is limited.

Those suggesting a player like Gilbert would get it done are wrong. Gilbert has little trade value with his slow start, and his $4 million cap hit for Horton's $4 million cap hit is a slightly uneven swap.

If the Oilers could get it done, expect someone like Cogliano and Grebeskov or Gilbert to be a starting point. That might not even do it.

Oilers Eyeing Someone from Tampa?

While there might be some truth to the Oilers having a peak at some of the Tampa roster, it's just as likely the amount of time Kevin Lowe has seen at Tampa games could have more to do with Stamkos and his Olympic potential than anything else.

Vincent Lecavalier is off to a slow start, thus rumors swirl that he's once again trade bait. Don't believe it.

Even for the Oilers who would love to have a player like Lecavalier in their lineup, Vinnie has an 11-year contract with a cap hit of $7.7 million. A trade like that is almost impossible for Edmonton to complete, even if it were an option—which it isn't.

Jeff Halpern's name has been thrown in there, but he's a potential Selke trophy winner the way he's been playing. Tampa would have to think long and hard about moving him.

Steve MacIntyre Was Waived To Make Room for Another Contract

This one is true, but not the way you might expect.

MacIntyre's writing was on the wall. He'd been the subject of a number of talks regarding clearing his contract, but injuries played a part in delaying that decision. Only recently, when Quinn still refused to use him and while the Oilers were at their weakest, did Edmonton management cut the cord.

The Oilers will look to replace MacIntyre with another able body. Some suggest Brad Mair from Buffalo? I suggest doubtful, but possible.

More than likely, that spot will go to a Springfield player, which might not technically constitute a new contract. Reddox and Potulny both made strong cases for themselves.

Nilsson's Days in Edmonton Are Numbered

True, and getting more accurate with every player that makes his way back to the Oilers after injuries have healed. Nilsson has had chances to prove he's not worth getting rid of, but he hasn't done it.

The Oilers will look to shed his salary in some fashion when that choice hits them. Right now, Edmonton is far too banged up to make needed changes, but that won't last forever. Nilsson has about two weeks at best to turn it around for himself or he's likely the first to go.

Oilers Looking To Make an Offer to UFA Miroslav Satan?

This one is interesting only because we have no confirmation other than that Satan has received offers from a few NHL teams, mostly injury depleted. The Oilers would fit into that description and could use some scoring help, which is what Satan would bring.

For the Oilers it likely would be a cost effective, short-term solution. It worked with Comrie and better than expected, so the Oilers might be more apt to give it a shot than they would have previously.

Got anything to add that we haven't heard about? We're all ears.


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