It’s a small item, no one will notice. At this point in January, I write the first trade deadline piece. If the Oilers are sellers, the title is “Sale on Sail on, Sailer” and if the team is a buyer, or could be a buyer, we see the title above. It’s way more fun this way.
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of The Athletic, less than two coffees a month offer here.
- New Lowetide: Central Scouting’s midseason list offers Oilers some strong draft options
- New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers’ road forward — and perhaps to a Stanley Cup — requires trusting the kids on defence
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers make a smart two-year bet on Caleb Jones, who has done nothing but improve
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 3 things from the latest Oilers win: A lacrosse goal, Mike Smith’s resurgence and Connor McDavid’s new linemate
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A defiant Zack Kassian issues his latest salvo against Matthew Tkachuk: ‘He messed with the wrong guy’
- Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s deployment of Oilers defencemen indicates Kris Russell is vulnerable to trade
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers Notebook: Jujhar Khaira’s future, Caleb Jones’ adaptation to NHL speed
- Lowetide: Oilers prospect pipeline could deliver below-average group in 2020-21
- Jonathan Willis: Several factors led to Oilers’ Zack Kassian’s inevitable hearing with NHL Player Safety
- Jonathan Willis: Zack Kassian calls Matthew Tkachuk a ‘p****,’ says he’d go after him again despite Oilers’ loss
- Lowetide: Projecting William Lagesson’s future with the Edmonton Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Kailer Yamamoto has impressed the Oilers and especially star linemate Leon Draisaitl
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 10 bold predictions for the Edmonton Oilers in 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Mike Smith stars in Oilers victory, but others’ struggles could prompt changes
- Jonathan Willis: Inside a coach’s impact: How Dave Tippett gets the most out of the Oilers’ players
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Deciding what to do with Darnell Nurse, Mike Smith, Tyler Benson and Evan Bouchard
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s targets for his first trade deadline with the Oilers.
- Minnia Feng: Zamboni Ursula: What if Oilers fans could change something in the team’s past?
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s trade deadline options for the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: ‘That’s the nicest goal I’ve ever seen’: Connor McDavid’s teammates amazed by his latest effort
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers notebook: James Neal’s resurgence, Matt Benning’s injury and the Tyler Benson recall temptation
- Lowetide: Oilers farmhands are pushing hard for NHL jobs
- Jonathan Willis: Zack Kassian’s breakout performance presents Oilers GM Ken Holland with a familiar dilemma
- Lowetide: Ken Holland, the Oilers amateur procurement department and the 2020 draft
- Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019
TRADE DEADLINES PAST
On March 17, 1993 the Oilers traded L Esa Tikkanen to the New York Rangers for C Doug Weight. Tikkanen was one of my favorites—still is—and my initial reaction to this deal was heartbreak. The Boys on the Bus expired in either September or October 1991, two massive and devastating trades put it all to rest. By the time they got to dealing Tikkanen, it was more museum than arena, but legends walked among us. The Tikkanen trade was the death rattle on the day it was made, but in fact brought new life to a weathered franchise. This was a brilliant trade by Sather, maybe the best deadline deal he ever made.
CHIARELLI’S DEADLINE DEALS
- February 2016—traded Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a pick (Filip Berglund); traded Teddy Purcell for a pick (Matt Cairns); traded Anders Nilsson for a pick (Graham McPhee); traded Martin Gernat and a pick (Jack Kopacka) for Patrick Maroon.
- February 2017—traded Brandon Davidson for David Desharnais; traded Taylor Beck for Justin Fontaine.
- February 2018—traded Brandon Davidson for a pick (2019 3rd used on goalie Ilya Konovalov); traded Mark Letestu for Pontus Aberg; traded Patrick Maroon for JD Dudek and 2019 pick (cashed later for Cooper Marody, pick was used on Alexander Campbell).
Desharnais earned a special place in Oilers history with the famous overtime goal against the San Jose Sharks, while Patrick Maroon filled an extreme need for the organization.
KEITH GRETZKY’S DEADLINE DEALS
- February 2019—traded goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadephia Flyers for goalie Anthony Stolarz.
- February 2019—traded Ryan Spooner to the Vancouver Canucks for Sam Gagner.
Gretzky didn’t have much to trade and wasn’t dealing from a position of strength, so I’m not sure what we can say beyond people were damned owly with Spooner so that trade probably needed to be made.
KEN HOLLAND’S NEEDS LIST
Based on recent reports, the Oilers are interested in Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Pierre Lebrun) should he come available. There’s also a report (from Darren Dreger) that the Oilers “want a top-six forward. He says there is speculation around “Kapanen, Johnsson and Kerfoot.”
Leafs need a RH defenseman to my eye, and that would be Adam Larsson. I don’t think the Oilers can afford to deal Larsson, but that’s some nice talent being discussed out of Toronto.
KEN HOLLAND’S DEADLINE ASSETS
One doubts the Oilers are going to trade the first-round pick. If it isn’t going in a Taylor Hall deal I don’t think it’s going. That leaves the following: Oilers second round pick, Oilers fourth round pick, Jujhar Khaira, Matt Benning, William Lagesson, Joel Persson.
Now, if he’s trading for a player with term, things change. I would guess that the three items that are completely off the table are Evan Bouchard, Philip Broberg and the 2020 first.
After that, we’re looking at Tyler Benson, Raphael Lavoie, Dmitri Samorukov, Caleb Jones, Kailer Yamamoto. Would Holland trade one of these names and the 2020 second-round pick for a proven player who is also under contract? What would Dmitri Samorukov and the 2020 second get you?
Aside from Pageau and the Toronto Three, is there anyone who represents a quality fit? Well, if the Coyotes fall out of the race then Taylor Hall would be a great addition, but that’s a distant bell.
J-G Pageau has 19 goals, Mike Hoffman 18, Tyler Toffoli 12, Ryan Strome (RFA) 12, Tyler Ennis 11, Robby Fabbri (RFA) 11, Kasperi Kapanen 10, Warren Foegele (RFA) 10, Craig Smith 10, Lucas Wallmark (RFA) 10, Jesper Fast 8, Alex Kerfoot 7, Andreas Johansson 6, Andreas Athanasiou (RFA) 5.
Would you trade Dmitri Samorukov and the 2020 second for any of these men? Would the teams who employ these men find that package acceptable?
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
It’s Friday! We survived one week in the Arctic!! We celebrate at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Steve Lansky from BigMouthSports will pop in at 10:20 to discuss Kassian-Tkachuk, the Vegas firing and Astros scandal. Matthew Iwanyk will pop in at 11 to preview a massive NFL weekend and talk Oilers at the deadline. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. We’re live in 90 minutes!