As we discussed this morning, the Edmonton Oilers are probably going to blow up some of this talent-rich roster over the summer. Through the next while, I think we should talk about possible destinations for some of these young phenoms—and possible return. Let’s start with Peter Chiarelli’s shopping list:
- Top-pairing D to partner with Klefbom (Travis Hamonic)
- Second-pairing D to partner with Sekera (Sami Vatanen or Jason Demers)
- Third-line C if they trade Nuge (Nuge)
- Scoring winger if they trade Eberle (Laine)
- Offload unwanted contracts (Fayne, Korpikoski)
- Backup goalie (could also be a G who slots below Brossoit but has NHL experience)
- Re-stock the system (major needs in goal, scoring forwards)
So, as we begin looking at possible destinations, we should keep the list above in mind. We might also discuss the idea of trading for a LH defender if the value is there, and then finding a RH option via free agency (Demers being a strong possibility in a case of that kind).
Probably a good idea to start with this deal. If the Oilers offered Nuge for Seth Jones, and we don’t know if there were pieces added on each side, then maybe there is a chance for Edmonton to make a similar deal with the Blue Jackets. Fair? I mean, the Blue Jackets badly need a center, and the Nuge is a valuable piece of any future. Question: Would CBJ trade out Jones that quickly? My guess is no. Ryan Murray? A lefty. Would the Oilers run Brandon Davidson and Andrej Sekera on RH side?
If the Oilers trade the Nuge to St. Louis, I would think the deal could end up being mammoth. Edmonton might be interested in Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk (I don’t think Shattenkirk would sign here long term). Would the Blues consider as part of a major shakeup? These two teams may both want to shuffle the deck this summer.
The Devils have like four forwards signed for next season, and the Nuge would be a very nice addition to a young and emerging group. Darcy McLeod’s piece the other day had Adam Larsson as a very valuable item.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I go back to my original point on this issue. No matter who we talk about in terms of leaving, we are likely approaching it backwards. The ask from the other side is the thing. If you look at Darcy’s list of attractive defenders, and then imagine the ask for each, it becomes fairly obvious that pretty much everyone is in play—with the critical point being the intersection of bona fide defenseman and acceptable pain—and the point at which Peter Chiarelli signs off on a deal. It could be one of these teams and it could be the Nuge. It seems as likely as Eberle, the draft pick or any number of combinations.