The Edmonton Oilers have lost veteran goaltender Cam Talbot to injury and it's become abundantly clear that backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit has already reached the end of his short leash.
As a result there is now a strong belief that the Oilers, and more specifically general manager Peter Chiarelli, will make a trader to acquire a new goaltender. Two very good sources have now added their names to the list of people who believe a trade is forthcoming from the Oilers.
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is working the phones to acquire a stopgap in Talbot’s absence, hastened by Brossoit’s shaky outing on Saturday night as Edmonton nearly blew a 6-1 lead in the Battle of Alberta. Talbot is expected to be out until at least Dec. 14, according to coach Todd McLellan.
Seravalli is far from being alone is that assessment. Edmoton Oilers insider Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has also echoed that sentiment. Matheson went one step further by stating that Eddie Lack of the Calgary Flames and Andrew Hammond of the Colorado Avalanche are the most likely candidates.
Indeed, after Laurent Brossoit's 3rd period in Calgary Chiarelli may be asking around for veteran backup help, but, really, pickings are slim--Lack, Hammond.
Both possibilities are interesting for different reasons. Hammond is a legit backup that could potentially even provide a threat to Talbot's role as the stater, something that could serve to motivate the struggling Oilers netminder. While Lack on the other hand would be interesting if only to see a trade between two teams that are bitter rivals.