The Edmonton Oilers are fairly close to the cap and Denis Grebeshkov didn’t do them any favors by taking the Oildrop to arbitration. Grebeshkov’s boxcar numbers (72gp, 7-32-39) and plus minus (+12, best on the team) along with his age (25) are somewhat of a “perfect storm” for an overpay in arbitration. Those arguing his case may end up delivering a contract close to Tom Gilbert and his 4M cap hit.
Most Oiler fans hope the club signs Grebs to a long term deal soon, but there’s at least a little doubt he’ll return.
As a trade option, Grebeshkov is a valuable player. A club that missed out on the available free agents who can play a complete game on the blue might look at a player like #37 and see a less expensive option who might deliver more value than some of the expensive UFA’s.
The Oilers need some help up front, and with the strong scoring free agent forwards off the market (rumor has it Edmonton has made an offer to Ales Kotalik, who is right behind Alex Tanguay on the list of quality UFA L’s available right now) a player like Denis Grebeshkov could be mentioned in trade talks.
He’s among the most valuable options available for Steve Tambellini to trade this summer.