I had to zip down to Red Deer this afternoon, and on the way back caught Jason Gregor and Ryan Rishaug talking Oilers. I don’t have the exact words (never drive and write on foolscap at the same time) but it sure sounded like negotiations are interesting and Petry’s time in Edmonton may be ending. That’s my reading over the conversation, I was also listening to my wife so Rishaug may have said “I bet no one watered the plants while I was away and they’re all dead—you never pay attention to anything” but somewhere in there all the words above reached my ears.
POSSIBLE REASONS FOR TRADING JEFF PETRY
- PK Subban offer sheet
- Johnny Boychuk fits the Oiler way more than Petry
- Petry is asking for a bunch of money in contract negotiations
Trading Petry and bringing a forward back in the same trade is a sticky wicket. The depth chart would look something like this sans Petry or replacement:
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|MARTIN MARINCIN||MARK FAYNE|
|NIKITA NIKITIN||JUSTIN SCHULTZ (RFA)|
|ANDREW FERENCE||OSCAR KLEFBOM|
And that’s less than 24 hours of enjoying that defensive depth chart that resembled a real one. Lordy. Chances are the club trades Petry for Boychuk, though. I don’t have inside info but Rishaug’s comments married to Friedman’s tweets suggest there’s something MacT has in his laptop and that he’s waiting to hit send.
This is turning into something resembling a “settle all family business” summer.
A number of centermen are off the market now, Mikhail Grabovski and Vern Fiddler signing this afternoon. David Legwand is still out there, Derek Roy? Probably not. Can the Oilers get Couturier out of Philly? Berglund out of St. Louis? Eakin out of Dallas?
This looks like a trade to me. 2016 1st rd pick and the defensive prospects are likely in play, and, incredibly, Jeff Petry.