Potential names for trade are now flying out the door from insiders to the hockey universe, allowing us to contemplate a possible future for the Edmonton Oilers. Based on verbal from multiple sources, men like Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu may be heading out. Coming back? Some names of note, some names we have discussed in the past.
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Per HNIC, Josh Leivo has asked for a trade from TOR.
— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) February 4, 2018
We have discussed Leivo in the past, he doesn’t play much but the production is there when opportunities arise. He’s 53gp, 10-11-21 in his career, has been productive 5×5 despite little work each season and could be a hidden gem. I know he doesn’t have blazing speed, but does offer a team inexpensive skill and has to be burning for his chance. I’ve written about him many times, including here.
Frank Seravalli of TSN has the Oilers as a player in the Hoffman sweepstakes, makes complete sense. He’s a volume shooter, is durable and has the boots. The only downside would be the pricetag and it looks like picks and prospects (and inexpensive NHL talent) are important to Ottawa. Bob Stauffer and Elliotte Friedman mentioned Zack Smith on Oilers Now Friday, perhaps we’re looking at a massive deal involving multiple players. Perhaps Ryan Strome, Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning and prospects could be cobbled together with Edmonton’s first-round pick this or next year being the centerpiece. Note: Smith’s inclusion may be a salary dump, as a penalty-killing option I don’t see him as a positive addition based on numbers.
The TSN trade board has him at No. 15 and the Blues have interest (reportedly) in Patrick Maroon. He has a great opportunity to win the OHL scoring championship and may be a plug-and-play for next season. If he’s available, Edmonton would be wise to have a long look at the ask.
- Assuming management remains as is, I don’t think ownership (which might be Gretzky at this point) is going to sign off on a Nuge or Klefbom deal. First-round pick in 2018? Probably the most valuable trade bullet in the chamber.
- Patrick Maroon out and Mike Hoffman in would be a net gain. If Edmonton gets a second rounder for Maroon and gives up a first for Hoffman, is that something you can live with?
- Jesse Puljujarvi is an NHL regular now, where does he play next season? My answer is 1R or 2R, but there is a growing concern among fans (you’ve emailed me) that JP isn’t getting playing time with Connor McDavid. I’m going to write about that over at The Athletic this week, seems to me this would be the ideal time to see what chemistry exists between 97 and the young Finn.
- Milan Lucic is a trigger name for many of you, I thought he was doing mostly good through about game 40. Since then, seems he’s trying too hard and not playing his own game. It’s very important to get him back to being a productive 5×5 player. Some of you are suggesting buyout, have you seen the bitter buyout numbers via CapFriendly? Holy lord.
- In a way, my job is to find areas of interest on the Oilers roster, bring them to light, offer solutions and then we discuss. I have no solutions for the Oilers defensive situation, the Russell contract backs them into a corner and the NMC’s have them in a spot of bother. If the ownership says no to trading Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Darnell Nurse, Peter Chiarelli has left himself no daylight at all. In the more than 12 years I’ve been uncovering things to discuss about this team, no general manager has been as thorough in boxing himself in as Mr. Chiarelli. This is my opinion.