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BLOG: Chiarelli wants Oilers to get bigger

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

When addressing his vision for the Oilers moving forward, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli says he wants to beef up the roster.

“You want to get bigger,” said Chiarelli. “I’d like to get bigger. I think we’re a fast team. I think with the proper moves on defence we’d become faster. Just with the ability to move the puck, to transport the puck in certain areas makes you faster. But I’d like to get bigger. I like our skill. I think kind of across the board, I’d like to get bigger and heavier, and we’ll do that.”

Adding experience and leadership is another area Chiarelli would like to address. Unfortunately, the deadline is not often the time to make those deals when you’re not contending. The more experienced players are often sent to those teams making a playoff push.

“It would be good to get experience in this group,” said Chiarelli. “These guys, although it has been difficult this last little bit, this is experience that they’re gaining right now… I don’t know if that’s now because we’re not a contending team. No one is going to deal us a player of experience now and it might not be the right player but yeah, if you can add that and can complement the group it’s something I would look at.”

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