It’s only natural at this time of year that rumors and whispers kick up about potential trade scenarios.

That's exactly what happened when Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and team president Kevin Lowe showed up to take in the Bruins-Flyers Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday.

The Oil have officially hit rock bottom after losing their sixth game in a row on Friday night while bottom-feeding in the Western Conference, and they’re in danger of dropping below Buffalo as the NHL’s worst team. It’s clear they need to shake things up in big way out in Alberta, and they’ve begun keeping tabs on players potentially available in trades.

Could the Oilers have been scouting the Bruins on Saturday? It’s possible.

It would seem that Edmonton's 31-year-old Nick Schultz most closely fits the profile of what Boston is looking for: a veteran, stay-at-home, left-shooting defenseman that blocks a lot of shots. Schultz leads the Oilers with 90 blocked shots in 50 games, but has only three assists and a minus-17 while averaging 16:53 of ice time for the sad sack Oilers.

The Bruins aren’t looking to take on players with term on their contract beyond this year, and Schultz certainly fits that criterion.

A player like Schultz wouldn’t make a huge splash, but he would give the Bruins solid insurance should the injury bug decide to hit them once again this season.