Deadline Trade I Would Like to See pt. 1.
Colorado trades Milan Hejduk to Edmonton Oilers for any of their young defense core.
Edmonton wants to get back into the playoffs, and need a little push. They also need a scoring skill type player to finally play with Ales Hemsky. Hejduk is that guy. They are both Czech, and are familiar with each from playing on national teams. Edmonton might be reluctant to give up one of their (offensive) defensemen, but after last night’s shutout at the hands of Steve Mason, GM Steve Tambellini has to recognize that in order to win games, you have to score goals. The Oilers need an offensive stud. They can reach higher for Alex Frolov or possibly Ilya Kovalchuk, but this will cost them a defenseman, a prospect (Rob Schremp!?!) and a draft pick, especially if they want Kovy (which I think is not possible).
As much of a nice story it would be to see Ryan Smyth come back to the Oil, his contract is much too big for Edmonton to handle, and has not proved much since going to the Rockies.
I also would not have minded seeing Hejduk go to the Penguins for Ryan Whitney, but that possibility died yesterday. Hejduk and Marty St. Louis were both rumored as possibilities for Crosby linemates, but it looks like they feel comfortable with Chris Kunitz there. Hejduk could still be moved to Pittsburgh, but i doubt the Pens will give up the likes of Jordan Staal to get him.
Stay tuned to pt. 2 of this series as I will look at Tommy Kaberle and the Buffalo Sabres.