Did you know many of Peter Chiarelli’s trades resemble previous Peter Chiarelli trades? I bet you do. The deal that sent Jordan Eberle to NY Islanders for Ryan Strome brought back a similar player in Brett Connolly (who cost two second-round picks, one of whom was Boris Katchouk). You might think two years of Eberle is worth more than two second rounders, but it probably depends on where you are in the franchise cycle. Either way, hockey-reference tells me Connolly and Strome are pretty close in terms of goals-per-game, were drafted in the top six and have been considered disappointments at one or more junctures since turning pro. Are there any comparables for PC’s coming “summer trade for a puck moving RHD”? Turns out, there is!
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- New Jonathan Willis: A look at which Oilers could stay and which could go this summer
- New Lowetide: Everything you ever wanted to know about Joel Persson but were afraid to ask.
- Lowetide: Ethan Bear says hello, but is not yet NHL-ready.
- Lowetide: Andrej Sekera: Insult to injury.
- Jonathan Willis: Yohann Auvitu: Oilers need to get more from players like him.
- Jonathan Willis: Matt Benning brings value to the Oilers.
- Scott Wheeler: Final Draft Rankings 2018.
- Lowetide: Oilers summer to-do list short and sweet.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers and the WHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers at the draft: Overagers.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers scouting directors: A history.
PC TRADES FOR OFFENSIVE BLUE
- February 27, 2007: Traded Brad Boyes to St. Louis for Dennis Wideman. Benefited both teams, Wideman posted seasons of 36, 50 and 30 points. Boyes scored 43, 33 and 14 goals in the three following campaigns. Both had solid careers, Boyes was a first-round pick who spent three seasons in the AHL. He scored 30+ goals in each of those seasons. He had a strong NHL debut (82gp, 26-43-69) in 2005-06 at the age of 23 but had fallen off (62gp, 13-21-34) the following season, leading to his trade.
I’d say the closest comp for Boyes at that point in his career would be Kailer Yamamoto. Younger, not yet established, but skilled and KY would have enough value to get something back in trade. A better comp for value might be one of Edmonton’s young blue.
SCOTT CULLEN’S LIST
Scott Cullen’s off-season game plan for the Edmonton Oilers is a terrific piece of work and I recommend it. A year ago, using my list of needs, here’s what he came up with:
- Negotiate the expansion draft rapids without giving up a valuable piece of the future. (Lost Jujhar Khaira).
- Find a way to trade Benoit Pouliot off the roster. (Cullen kept him)
- Find a second pairing D with two-way acumen. (Travis Hamonic)
- Find a stopgap measure to replace Andrej Sekera’s minutes until he returns. (Kris Russell)
- Find a C-R who can help the offense and cover off where Leon isn’t at the time. (Patrick Marleau)
- Make enough cap room to get everyone in under the number with enough room to spare for the trade deadline. (Traded Jordan Eberle)
Scott’s 2018 spring edition of the Oilers offseason gameplan should be up today or tomorrow. I’ll have him on the Lowdown tomorrow morning to discuss his moves.
— Lieutenant Eric (@Lieutenant_Eric) May 16, 2018
I’ll tell you, I think it might be Torey Krug. The Bruins have him signed through 2020 summer, and a modified NTC kicks in this summer. So, the window to trade him is about 10 weeks from today. Why would they trade him? Fluto Shinzawa wrote “the question the Bruins need to answer is whether Krug’s offensive touch is worth the defensive compromise” at The Athletic recently. Joe McDonald, also at The Athletic, wrote “If (general manager Don) Sweeney decides to package a player like Torey Krug, who’s still under contract for another two seasons with a cap hit of $5.25 million, in exchange for a first-round pick, it could also give the Bruins flexibility to acquire an elite left-handed defenseman to play with McAvoy as a top pair.”
Reading the tea leaves, packaging Oscar Klefbom and the No. 10 overall selection would satisfy the needs Mr. Shinzawa and Mr. McDonald are suggesting in their respective articles. What would Edmonton receive in return, aside from Torey Krug? It would have to be (in my opinion) a fast skill winger who can shoot the puck. Danton Heinen? He went 77, 16-31-47 this season and has good boots, not sure Boston would trade him.
I think there’s a deal there.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
No Lowdown today, we’re back tomorrow with Steve Lansky, Scott Cullen and more! For today, it’s Canada-Russia (1-0 CAN currently) and I’ll be along with Dave Jamieson after the game (11:20) to find new ways to describe Connor McDavid. Send words!