Insider Trading: Oilers' goalies, Kunitz' Olympic hopes

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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the Edmonton Oilers' goaltending situation, Chris Kunitz's Olympics chances, Morgan Rielly and Sean Monahan's NHL prospects and the status of Dylan Chanter.

How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season?

Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone. 

As early as Sunday, MacTavish has been working the phones and working them hard to determine the market for goaltenders. They are looking at every possibility, from Anaheim's Jonas Hiller to Buffalo's Ryan Miller to Brian Elliott in St. Louis to Michal Neuvirth in Washington and beyond. 

There isn't anything the Edmonton Oilers aren't at least looking at or considering, but we are to believe that nothing is imminent at this point. Part of the problem the Oilers are going to run into is that most of these teams don't want to make a deal this early in the season and give up one of their surplus goaltenders until they get a better handle on their own situation.

Darren Dreger: The Buffalo Sabres were hoping to wait until at least Christmas before they could assess and if you look at Ryan Miller, yes he would be a good fit for the Edmonton Oilers they need that bonafide number one, but contractually he has a modified no-trade, he has the opportunity to pick up to eight teams where he won't accept a trade. 

Edmonton could be on that list. Regardless, if they aren't on the list and there is potential for a trade with Anaheim or Buffalo, the Oilers are getting to the point where they realize they're going to have to give up one of their young guns.

Is Chris Kunitz under scrutiny by the Hockey Canada selection team?

Pierre LeBrun: I'd say this is a debate at least internally for the Team Canada brain trust because this is a guy they brought to the Olympic camp, I know when we put our teams together we weren't all on the same page with Chris Kunitz

Peter Chiarelli of the Team Canada committee group was in Pittsburgh to watch Kunitz Tuesday night and they are going to watch him very closely. There are some people in the group that believe he is the perfect complement to Sidney Crosby, if he can do it in Pittsburgh he can do it at the Olympics because it's so hard to find a guy to mesh with Crosby. 

Other guys in the group just don't think he belongs in the Olympics; this debate is going to go down to the wire.

What are the chances Morgan Rielly stays with the Toronto Maple Leafs instead of being returned to Junior?

Dreger: 80 per cent chance that Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly sticks in the National Hockey League this year. He has to play better this week than he did on the weekend against the Edmonton Oilers. If he does, he'll seal the deal.

What are the chances for Sean Monahan to stick with the Calgary Flames?

LeBrun: Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames is second in rookie point scoring heading into Tuesday but the Flames want to see how he's going to play in tough upcoming road games. They are going to face the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, that's real competition, then they'll decide what to do with him.

What is the status of Dylan Chanter and will this lead to changes in the USHL's fighting policies?

Dreger: Dylan is still recovering, he's not yet willing to talk about the incident, obviously he needs more time and wants a few more days to get back to normal. The USHL and USA hockey are not going to leave this incident alone without a full investigation.

It's unlikely that they're going to embrace any sort of rule change or further restrictions to fighting in the USHL in season, but USA hockey is very passionate about this so I wouldn't be surprised if they adopt the college hockey route, stricter restrictions to fighting in the off-season.

Devan Dubnyk  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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