I see the Oilers added Mike Sillinger yesterday. If this had happened a year or two ago I wouldn't have been surprised; I'm not the guy's biggest fan but I understand why a team would acquire a vet like him.
Sillinger will not be the Oilers third line center however, as his career is done due to injuries.
This is a slot on the team that cannot and should not be filled by Marc Pouliot. I'm sorry to see that he has not lived up to expectations. If anything at all he's a 13/14 guy rather than someone you're going to rely upon for a decent amount of minutes every night. This team needs more vets in the bottom six. They need a center can win some draws and maybe PK. We all know this, and yet there's a list of capable individuals out there that seem to be generating no interest:
There are obvious reasons why some might not come here, but I can't see why the Oilers don't make the moves necessary to add someone of this ilk. Even as a bit part of a trade if contacts/salaries really are the reason and not just the excuse. We'll see what happens, but really hope not to go into the following season with 4 non-NHL guys in the bottom six. Quality bit-parts are a huge part of a winning season; and this can still be a winning season.
On another note: I'm going to be a little surprised if Comrie isn't signed today.