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08:26 AM ET 06.09 | Steve Tambellini is becoming a more popular guy. With the NHL draft fast approaching, Tambellini is open to dealing the No. 1 selection. The Edmonton Oilers general manager has had discussions with some of his counterparts around the league and remains willing to discuss a trade leading up to the June 24 draft in Minnesota. It's the second straight year Edmonton has held the top pick. "I've had a few calls [from] people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team," Tambellini said Wednesday after the NHL's GMs meeting. "For me to move the No. 1 pick it would have to be obviously something exceptional. Because this is a huge building block again for us."

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June 9, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Don't trade the pick for a player, Steve. You can switch places with someone else in the top 10 for a couple of extra picks or a good player and a pick. Continue the rebuilding process. Look at what it did to Pittsburgh.

June 9, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Don't trade the pick for a player, Steve. You can switch places with someone else in the top 10 for a couple of extra picks or a good player and a pick. Continue the rebuilding process. Look at what it did to Pittsburgh.

June 9, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Sorry about the double posting everyone. The site keeps acting up again...

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June 9, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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You must temporarily disable your flash player until SI gets the problem worked out. I was given this tip yesterday and it's worked so far.

So that's why it keeps freezing on me.

June 9, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You must temporarily disable your flash player until SI gets the problem worked out. I was given this tip yesterday and it's worked so far.

Thanks for reminding me.

June 9, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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Don't trade the pick for a player, Steve. You can switch places with someone else in the top 10 for a couple of extra picks or a good player and a pick. Continue the rebuilding process. Look at what it did to Pittsburgh.

Guess they aren't so high on RNH?

June 9, 2011  09:41 AM ET
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Guess they aren't so high on RNH?

Not sold at all on RNH. Personally, I'd pick Huberdeau. He had a great year, a monster post-season and looked better than anyone else at the Memorial Cup. If the Oilers think they can trade down to 7 or 8 for an extra pick and still get him, they shouldn't rethink that strategy. He doesn't make it past #5.

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June 9, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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Not sold at all on RNH. Personally, I'd pick Huberdeau. He had a great year, a monster post-season and looked better than anyone else at the Memorial Cup. If the Oilers think they can trade down to 7 or 8 for an extra pick and still get him, they shouldn't rethink that strategy. He doesn't make it past #5.

Huberdeau won't get past #4 (wonder what team that is). He has made it a 4 man race. He has shot up the rankings, which is impressive, though makes me a little nervous he isn't just a flash in the pan. But that is the draft overall.

June 9, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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Oui.

Merci

June 9, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't trade the pick for a player, Steve. You can switch places with someone else in the top 10 for a couple of extra picks or a good player and a pick. Continue the rebuilding process. Look at what it did to Pittsburgh.

I agree.

June 9, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Don't trade the pick for a player, Steve. You can switch places with someone else in the top 10 for a couple of extra picks or a good player and a pick. Continue the rebuilding process. Look at what it did to Pittsburgh.

I already said I agree. ;)

June 9, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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Sorry about the double posting everyone. The site keeps acting up again...

I agree with this also. :-)

June 9, 2011  10:11 AM ET

The Oilers desperately need a legit #1 Center. They never had anything resembling a #1 Center ever since Doug Weight left town. They have to draft a Center with their #1 pick.
Everybody keeps talking about drafting a D-man with their #1 pick. I disagree. They already have a good crop of young D-men developing in their system and can draft a few more further down but, #1 Centers are hard to come by.

June 9, 2011  10:27 AM ET

It would depend on what I got offered for it.

A good forward and a top D man would tempt me.

June 9, 2011  10:34 AM ET
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It would depend on what I got offered for it.A good forward and a top D man would tempt me.

Sure. But it'd have to be a good forward and a top D-man who'd want to play in Edmonton.

June 9, 2011  11:01 AM ET

He would of been better off, making someone an offer they wouldn't even consider.

June 9, 2011  11:12 AM ET
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Not sold at all on RNH. Personally, I'd pick Huberdeau. He had a great year, a monster post-season and looked better than anyone else at the Memorial Cup. If the Oilers think they can trade down to 7 or 8 for an extra pick and still get him, they shouldn't rethink that strategy. He doesn't make it past #5.

Saw RNH play in his one and only game in Portland this year. Thought he was good, but 1st pick good? hmmmmmmmmm

 
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