Yesterday we made the ‘summer needs’ list and found the Oilers need to acquire a puck mover (left or right), a winger (or two), a backup goaltender, and to increase the footprint of the ’94s (which may involve acquiring more ’94s). It’s a fairly substantial list. Question: Who’s leaving via trade in order to get these things done?
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POSSIBLE ASSETS OUT
- No. 9 overall pick. Peter Chiarelli specifically mentioned he would be willing to trade the pick (unless the team wins the lottery) in answer to a Jim Matheson question at the exit interview. I’m not sure what the value of a No. 9 pick would be, but in recent seasons a pick in this area was the cornerstone for deals that fetched Dougie Hamilton and Travis Hamonic.
- Andrej Sekera buyout/trade. Edmonton would save $3.89 million toward next year’s cap and that’s a big deal. I’m not recommending it (or trading the pick) but it does give the team room to wheel.
- Oscar Klefbom. His surgery may mean he stays, but if I’m another NHL team and Edmonton comes calling, Klefbom is near the top of my list. That’s a great contract.
- Matt Benning. I’m a fan of this player (he closed well) but included him because he’s probably going to attract interest. Benning and No. 9 might get you a really good puck mover.
- 2019 first-round pick. If this season crashes, PC won’t be here to make the pick anyway.
- Ryan Strome. I imagine Edmonton will sign him to a deal around $3 million, but there might be a team looking for a RH center and offer extra value or cap relief.
- Zack Kassian. Jon Willis suggested this a few weeks ago, makes sense and would mean the fourth line goes from very expensive (Letestu-Kassian) to possibly $3 million or so for the trio. Not certain of Kassian’s value.
- Anton Slepyshev. Uncertain value, I have him on the list because he is among the most likely to be playing in a new city this fall.
- Jesse Puljujarvi. I don’t believe Chiarelli will trade the player but have him on the list because it’s possible. JP’s potential far outweighs his current trade value.
A Sekera buyout has all kinds of negatives (you’d be spending cap on buyouts for the next six seasons) but desperate times call for desperate measures. Here’s a look at what the roster would look like, $80 million cap, with the “acquisitions” placed instead of available options.
Edmonton could sign Jhonas Enroth or Pavel Francouz out of the KHL as a backup, Derek Ryan from Carolina (Bob mentions it often, don’t know if Bill Peters to Carolina impacts). Let’s say that takes $3.5 million worth of cap. That leaves $8.4 for the two feature adds, a defenseman and a scoring winger (plus you need a cushion). Trading a healthy Sekera is a sin against hockey, but we’re not sure about his future and money’s tighter than a drum. It’s an option, and Peter Chiarelli has shown a willingness to use that option.
Sounds like Bill Peters is off to Calgary, or at least there is a strong rumor of same. Still no word on Todd McLellan, but as the days go down and nothing is announced, we can assume his return is more likely. A quick exit for one of the established teams might have indicated change, Bob was muttering about Anaheim yesterday and my heart soared at the thought of Trent Yawney being available. Well, maybe “my heart soared” is a little over the top, but I’d like to see Yawney here. Montour too, please and thanks.
Oilers haven’t signed him yet but you would think that’s going to happen in the coming weeks. He is flourishing in front of a solid WHL team after some years in front of a chaotic one. Early days, but good arrows with this Skinner chap.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun Friday and a busy one. At 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Leafs in trouble, Jays on fire, Bob Cole cooling his jets.
- Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. NFL draft beckons, should Oil go hunting for John Carlson or similar?
- Paul Almeida, SSE. We’ll discuss the Oilers’ summer and holes that need to be filled.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Big playoff weekend for NHL teams. Leafs could be out, Jets could be moving on.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!