Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish made it clear during his introductory press conference that he hopes to take an aggressive approach to team building. In turn, the roster could experience a bit of turnover.
Those desires were further substantiated when MacTavish joined Mark Spector on Team 1260 radio in Edmonton on Thursday afternoon. The Oilers general manager stated that the franchise ideally would like to move on from forwards Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff this offseason. Both players are under contract in 2013-14, which insinuates the potential of trade as MacTavish stated they would be welcomed back if the right opportunity didn't present itself.
Hemsky will be entering the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract that carries an annual average value of $5 million against the salary cap. Hemsky's contract does not include any type of movement protection, according to capgeek.com
However, Horcoff's contract has some protection. He currently has a full no-movement clause but that changes to a limited no-trade on July 1, 2013. The stipulation of that clause allows Horcoff to provide a list of 10 teams he would be willing to accept a trade to. The Oilers captain currently has two years remaining on a six-year, $33 million contract that carries an annual average value of $5.5 million against the cap until the completion of the 2014-15 season.
In addition, MacTavish stated that goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will not be retained this summer. The 40-year-old finished out the final year of a four-year contract in 2013 and is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The manager also stated he is open to moving the No. 7 overall pick in June's draft. Several managers in the top-tier of the draft have expressed a similar interest.