With a few days off during the NHL All Star Break, there are still plenty of intriguing story lines regarding the Edmonton Oilers. Here are some of them:
-Will Tom Renney and Steve Tambellini be retained beyond this season? With reports out of Edmonton that Tambellini will be offered a contract extension to see the rebuild through. No such vote of confidence has been given yet to to Tom Renney.
-What will the Oilers do about their goaltending? Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun wrote recently that Nikolai Khabibulin was likely to get dealt. If that’s the case, what is the Oilers plan for the rest of the season and beyond? Is Devan Dubnyk the future #1?
-Ales Hemsky. The question doesn’t seem to be if he is dealt, but where does he go and how much does he command on the trade market?
-Sam Gagner. He may be the most marketable trading chip for the Oilers. Do they move him?