The Edmonton Oilers are in the market for a center and they may have locked on to their intended target.
In a recent report from the Edmonton Journal, Oilers insider Jim Matheson revealed that Oilers general manager appeared to be looking at two men in particularly.
He was spotted in Minnesota a few days ago when Tampa Bay was there.
Chiarelli was looking at Lightning unrestricted free-agent Brian Boyle, who’s averaging almost 14 minutes a game, is winning more than 50 per cent of his draws and has 12 goals.
He’ll also have a close-up look at Arizona UFA Martin Hanzal here on Tuesday.
Matheson believes that Brian Boyle is the more likely of the two targets for Chiarelli, primarily due to the fact that Arizona Coyotes has set such a high price on the acquisition of Hanzal despite his status as a rental player.
Chiarelli has a history with Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman when both men worked together as part of Team Canada, but Matheson believes that the Blackhawks are also in the mix for Boyle, so this is by no means a done deal for Chiarelli.