Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli has said all along the team is not on a time crunch to get a deal for a defenceman done by the draft. So when the first round came and went and no deal was stuck, that was OK. Saturday, the remaining rounds went by and the Oilers, although they drafted defencemen, were still without a freshly acquired NHL piece. Once again, that’s alright for Chiarelli and the Oilers because the team’s hockey ops boss still laid some groundwork.
“I had some discussions, so I furthered those along,” said Chiarelli. “I thought it was actually a pretty productive day. It didn’t result in a deal, but I thought I had some good talks today.”
Despite no deal being made yet, Chiarelli is pleased with the work done in Buffalo.
“I had positive discussions this week and if I didn’t have any discussions I’d be a little disappointed. But I had positive discussions and we’ll see where it goes.”
When it comes to adding a top-end, right-shot defenceman, it takes time. That’s what Chiarelli says is and has been the plan. Over time, and with more dialogue, high asking prices can come down. Chiarelli continues to say he wants to make a deal because it’s the right one, not for the sake of just making a deal.
“I’ve just got to grind away,” he said. “For example, a couple of the discussions I had today the positions had softened. What usually happens is whenever there’s a deadline or a milestone there’s a loosening up. The next one is July 1. We’re in the shopping period, there’s some movement there."