The Oilers new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli doesn’t shy away from taking phone calls from his peers. When it comes to making trades, Chiarelli has a history of being willing.
“In this business, you can’t be afraid to make trades,” he said. “The parity is developing. The way the cap is closing in, the margins are really small so those are ways to improve your team. I’m not afraid of doing it. It has to be the right moment. There are some very good young players on this team. It doesn’t mean I’m going to trade any of them. But those are deals you can’t be afraid to make. They have to be well-measured, you have to be well-informed.”
His most publicized trade is likely the one that sent Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to Dallas, in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser. The trade showed he is willing to trade a player of Seguin’s talents if it seems like the right time and fit.
“That deal, obviously he’s a very good player and there were reasons for doing it,” he said.
“I’ve actually made a few trades of good, young forwards so that’s something I won’t shy away from. That was a trade that had underlying reasons that I won’t get into, but (Seguin is) a terrific player. He was our leading scorer. That’s what I’ll say about that one.”