A report on Monday suggests the Edmonton Oilers are preparing to apply a full-court press on the NHL trade market to acquire a top-end forward.
Despite not having the best season, the poor play of a number of teams in the NHL's Western Conference has left the door open for the Oilers to stay in the playoff hunt. Only two points back of a Wild Card spot, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported on Monday the Oilers plan to run through the door that's being left open for them by acquiring a top-end forward off the trade market before Feb. 25.
Oilers organization is on a full court press to find help at forward. Scouts and staff deployed en masse.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) January 14, 2019
Cap situation could make it tough, but first round pick, a goaltender, maybe a young developing forward likely all in play.
Rishaug goes on to say that the Oilers may be willing to part with their first-round pick, a goaltender and a young developing forward. While no names have been mentioned in the report, it’s safe to assume Edmonton is going after a big fish. Most reports are that this trade deadline will be a buyers market and with names like Mark Stone or Matt Duchene available out of Ottawa, or Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn available out of St. Louis, it makes sense the Oilers see this as an opportunity.
The two questions many in Edmonton will ask is, 'what will the Oilers have to give up?' and 'Can Peter Chiarelli be trusted to make these trades?' Everyone in Edmonton knows, for the sake of the season and potentially for not wasting more years of Connor McDavid's contract, the team needs to get this right.
So many of Edmonton's moves this season have not worked out and the GM is certainly on the hot seat. Another bad trade would almost guarantee his release and in Edmonton, missing the playoffs this season has been deemed an unacceptable ending to the season.
The team has only four players with more than 40 points and the secondary scoring is almost nill.
What This Means
Edmonton is now a team to watch as the NHL is only six weeks away from the NHL Trade Deadline. The Oilers may have to move a player like Cam Talbot, Jesse Puljujarvi or their first-round pick in 2019 to make this work, as well as shift out salary since the team is tight to the cap.
Will they make a move sooner than later and give themselves the best chance to go on a winning streak? Or, is this a move that takes time to get right?