Much has been made of the Oiler blue line, and how bad it is. Looking at the current bodies slotted on the roster, I almost feel that one smart move makes this roster look half decent. Andrew Ference, although not spectacular, he is a solid NHL d-man. I believe paired up with Justin Schultz, they make at the very least an average NHL second paring. Jeff Petry is continually getting better as a player. He shows flashes. He and Smid are probably an above average third pairing. The Oilers have 2 problems with the blue line: 1. They donâ€™t have a #1 d-man. 2. Belov, Grebeshkov, and Nick Shultz are not the answer. Going through NHL rosterâ€™s and the reality is, just not that many good blue liners available. In the past, the Oilers were able to acquire guys like Roman Hamrlik, Janne Niinimaa, Lubomir Visnovsky, and Ryan Whitney when they were going through a bit of a down time. I noticed for the second season in a row, the Stars have scratched Alex Goligoski after a slow start. In the past, he has put up decent points. Is he worth a flyer? This year at 4.6 million and 2 more at 4.8 is his salary. Cap hit is 4.2 million. Is he worth exploring? Is he too pricey? What would they be looking for in return since they traded James Neal for him? Another guy, I would explore is John Carlson, but I donâ€™t think Washington would want to part with him. They would probably prefer to move Mike Green instead, which I donâ€™t think is what this team needs. His defensive game is just not good enough. Winninpegâ€™s Zach Bogosian is another guy they could look at. Kulikov in Florida, but he hasnâ€™t really proven anything at the NHL level. Yandle in Phoenix would be great too. I think if the Oilers can acquire a d-man, without giving up Schultz, Nurse and Klefbom they will be able to address goaltending and a big forward in the off season through the free agent market. Curious to hear what others feel about the options I listed above and other potential options.