I should read the blogs before I post in the morning, but in any case, according to sacamano and this website, the Oilers had three scouts at Tuesday's Penguins game. Assuming this isn't just a case of incredibly proactive opponent scouting, and since there's nothing I love more than highly unlikely but semi-reasonable trade speculation, I figured I'd look into what the Penguins might have.
Before I get started, though, let's quell sacamano's fears: Kraft is playing in the Czech Republic, so I don't even think he's available in the NHL this year, and in any case, it's highly doubtful the Oil would be sending scouts to Pittsburgh if they really wanted him. I actually think Kraft would be an okay fit on the Oil, but then, you're the real judge of talent between the two of us.
Anyway, looking over the Penguins roster, I have no idea who the hell we would want that we could actually get (I'm assuming, of course, you don't send three scouts if you're thinking of swapping sixth defencemen). Of their big free-agent signings, I'd assume Leclair is the only one readily available for a reasonable price (although maybe we don't care about reasonable prices at this point), though he is still sixth on the team in scoring, and aside from those guys, there isn't much of anything that we don't already have. Malone is more or less Raffi Torres, albiet probably more established. There's always Jackman or Tarnstrom (less likely Jackman), I suppose, but are we really after a third d-man? Actually, come to think of it, Jackman (3G 8A, though he is -5) would be a fair addition--another PP quarterback, and maybe somebody to kickstart Pronger--but I have a feeling the price might be steeper than he's worth, given that he's outscoring Gonchar. There's the incredibly wild speculation about MA Fleury, but Craig Patrick isn't that stupid, and we'd probably have to shell two of our six ostensibly first-line forwards to even think about it.
I have to say, this one really has me stumped; maybe we were there to watch Florida? Or, you know, Raffi Torres, Radek Dvorak and a draft pick are going the other way for Palffy or Recchi or something.
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