Peter Chiarelli made a small trade on February 1, adding forward Henrik Samuelsson in exchange for winger Mitchell Moroz. After yesterday’s avail, some may feel Edmonton will be inactive from now through the deadline. I don’t agree, suspect we will see at least some tinkering. We looked at possibilities in January, let’s have another look today.
CHIARELLI RECENT DEADLINE DEALS
- March 2, 2015: Traded second-round picks that turned into Matt Spencer (2015) and Boris Katchouk (2016) for RW Brett Connolly.
- March 2, 2015: Traded C Jordan Caron and sixth-round selection used on Oscar Steen to Colorado Avalanche for C Maxime Talbot and LW Paul Carey.
- February 24, 2016: Dealt the rights to RHD Phil Larsen to Vancouver Canucks for 2017 fifth-round selection.
- February 27, 2016: Traded RHD Justin Schultz to the Pittsburgh Penguins for third-round selection used on RHD Filip Berglund.
- February 27, 2016: Traded RW Teddy Purcell to Florida Panthers for third-round pick that turned into LHD Matthew Cairns.
- February 27, 2016: Traded G Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues for G Nicklas Lundstrom and the fifth-round selection used on LW Graham McPhee.
- February 29, 2016: Acquired LW Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks for LHD Martin Gernat and the pick that was used on LW Jack Kopacka.
I think the Connolly deal might an interesting item to remember, if not this time possibly one year from now.
15 FOR THE OILERS
- Arizona Coyotes: C Martin Hanzal shouldn’t be on this list, but I saw him last night. The cost currently (based on reports) is a young Mickey Mantle, so one imagines a team closer to Stanley will pay the price.
- Arizona Coyotes: R Radim Vrbata is also a rental, might be a perfect fit—except, he has a bonus coming with a playoff performance and the Oilers are apparently close to the cap (with bonus overages).
- Buffalo Sabres: G Anders Nilsson. 20 games this year, .922SP and a 9-7-4 record with a struggling team. I still think EDM should give Laurent Brossoit a chance, but Nilsson is an enticing option.
- Colorado Avalanche: C Matt Duchene has a $6M cap and the Habs are backing up a Patrick Roy package, but Duchene as an Oiler is too tantalizing to ignore. Can you imagine? Teams would need oxygen placed at center ice and in all four corners of the rink.
- Colorado Avalanche: R Jarome Iginla is 1-2-3 in his last 7 games, and he is being mentioned here and there. I don’t see it. It would have been a great story, and a substantial boost, but Edmonton’s turn arrived too late for a storybook chapter for one of the best locals ever.
- Dallas Stars: R Patrick Sharp (32gp, 7-6-13) is one of my current favorites for Edmonton, partly due to his shot totals. His 95 shots in 32 games could represent an ideal match for Connor McDavid down the stretch. Price shouldn’t be too severe, interesting option.
- Dallas Stars: R Patrick Eaves has 21 goals and a reasonable UFA contract, he should go for a big asset or two excellent ones. Averaging 4.57 shot attempts per game, that is the kind of shot volume Peter Chiarelli is probably looking for as a match for Connor McDavid (Jordan Eberle is also in the range, 4.52, but has had miserable luck this year).
- Detroit Red Wings: L Thomas Vanek (43gp, 14-22-36) is going to be an expensive addition, and I still wonder if Detroit signs him before the deadline. Probably not a strong option for Edmonton because of the price, he would be close to a perfect fit.
- Florida Panthers: RC Nick Bjugstad is absolutely a wheelhouse player for Peter Chiarelli based on his own established past. His contract is a dog, but no guts, no glory. He is 1-2-3 in five games since his return. Fascinating and scary (because contract) option.
- Florida Panthers: G Reto Berra is in the AHL (27gp, .907) and shouldn’t cost a bunch. A reasonable approach might be to give Brossoit a couple of starts in the next two weeks and then make a decision.
- New Jersey Devils: LHD Yohann Auvitu. I refuse to give up on this idea, especially because the Devils seem to be unaware of his potential. Sleeper I admit, but a worthy acquisition.
- Philadelphia Flyers: R Matt Read is making big coin ($3.625M for this and next season) while shooting and scoring less this year (42gp, 7-5-12). Unlikely acquisition, but I like his speed and Edmonton needs some.
- Philadelphia Flyers: G Michal Neuvirth. He was strong in January (6gp, .919) and is duplicating it in February (4gp, .940), and maybe Philadelphia signs him to a new deal. An attractive option if available.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: C Brian Boyle (50g, 13-7-20) is apparently a player of interest to Edmonton, and at 6.06, 244 I imagine Peter Chiarelli has time for him. I cannot figure out a fair deal (Davidson has term and is inexpensive, you need something back that is going to have value beyond April if you are the Oilers) but maybe it becomes player and pick for player and pick.
- Vancouver Canucks: R Alex Burrows (I know, I know) has 9-11-20 in 51 games and could offer the Oilers some scoring depth and another giant pile of agitation for opponents. It would be a very weird trade.