On the heels of interesting trade chatter involving Danny Briere, the press box at Wells Fargo Center was full of scouts and executives again Wednesday.
Oilers president Kevin Lowe was joined by senior vice president Craig MacTavish and Eastern scout Morey Gare. A trip from Edmonton isn't exactly around the corner, but the Oilers are peddling former first-round picks Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky.
Whitney, 30, is the mobile, offensive defenseman the Flyers crave, but he has been a healthy scratch recently. Hemsky, a 29-year-old winger, has thrice broken 65 points scoring in his NHL career, all with the Oilers.
Jeff Petry, 25, is also an intriguing name out of Edmonton. He's younger, and more expensive than Whitney, but has a decent mix of size and footspeed. Plus, he'd be a solid No. 4 on a defense corps full of third pairing-type players.
A couple points.
1) "Whitney, 30, is the mobile" - obviously they haven't seen Whitney in the last few years.
2) I am not sure how Briere fits into the Oilers needs, he is career under .500 Centreman, we have enough of those. 2008 was the last time he pointed north of .500. He's older than me, which means that his NHL career is soon to end. Whitney for Briere I'd be happy. Briere for any other name mentioned - they can't be that stupid?