Sports 3 trade deadline moves the Oilers should explore

17:31  21 january  2020
17:31  21 january  2020 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Separating McDavid, Draisaitl necessary for Oilers’ long-term success

  Separating McDavid, Draisaitl necessary for Oilers’ long-term success It’s no longer a question, or a topic of discussion inside the dressing room. For the Edmonton Oilers to get where they’ve been trying to go for years, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have to play on separate lines. The post Report: Red Sox used video replay room to steal signs illegally in 2018 appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.It’s that simple.

Should the price be too steep to land a player he can keep for a few years, the list of rentals available is topped by Tyler Toffoli, who is being showcased on the top line by a Los Angeles Kings club Three things the Flames could look to do by the deadline : Call up Austin Czarnik/Demote Mark Jankowski.

With the NBA trade deadline less than a month away, the Philadelphia 76ers are gauging upgrades to their wing rotation, The Ringer's Kevin The Flames' fifth win in a row moves them into first place in the tight Pacific Division, one point up on both Arizona and Vegas. The Oilers are two points back.

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers are not a Stanley Cup contender, but they are a Stanley Cup playoffs contender, and there’s a difference.

It is why general manager Ken Holland will explore adding a centreman like Jean-Gabriel Pageau, but also why he will not give up a first-round pick or a prime prospect to rent the pending unrestricted free agent this spring – which could keep him from landing the player. Stanley Cup contenders part with first-round picks and top prospects for rentals. The Oilers will not and should not. Not this year.

It’s also why this team, for the first time in a long while, doesn’t need to bring in leadership from the outside. They just need a solid, Top-9 forward or two — the young leadership that includes Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom is just fine.

Report: Oilers, Flames both looking to add top-6 forward

  Report: Oilers, Flames both looking to add top-6 forward The on-ice rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames has been well-documented this season, but the Battle of Alberta could extend beyond the playing surface over the next five weeks. Both clubs are looking to add a top-six forward before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger. The Flames cleared $4.3 million in cap space when they dealt Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 2. LeBrun noted that finding a right-handed shooter is a "key" for Calgary general manager Brad Treliving.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a clear mandate ahead of the trade deadline : add defensive depth and a backup goalie. If a trade for Georgiev can’t be consummated, Dubas should kick tires on Penguins prospect Casey DeSmith, now usurped by all-star Tristan Jarry, or a rental like Ryan Miller (Anaheim)

I've even explored one trade possibility that they perhaps should be looking into consummating. As far as moveable assets go for the Oilers , there isn’t a better arrow If the Oilers are out of he playoff picture by the trade deadline these players could bring a better return both individually or in a bundle.

But that doesn’t mean Holland won’t try to improve his club, and it certainly does not mean his Oilers don’t have room for improvement. In Edmonton, after years of making the wrong deals at the wrong times, Holland can’t get his timing wrong here.

As painful as this is to hear, it is still a time to build in Edmonton — to draft, develop and stockpile — rather than carving up the small prospect pool for mid-20’s players who are about to hit the jackpot in career earnings. If the plan works, as soon as a year from now we may be advocating moving a first-round pick for the next Taylor Hall.

But not yet.

Edmonton is very likely to lose their third-round pick to the Calgary Flames in the James Neal-Milan Lucic deal, should Neal score more than 20 goals and Lucic finish with 10 less. Right now, Neal is outscoring Lucic 19 to four. So if Holland deals his second-rounder at the Feb. 24 deadline, that leaves his scouts with a huge gap between the first and fourth rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft.

Should the Edmonton Oilers stand pat at the trading deadline? I could live with that

  Should the Edmonton Oilers stand pat at the trading deadline? I could live with that The National Hockey League is closing in on trade deadline season and Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland is indicating he might be in the market for a player or two. In an interview with Hall-of-Fame writer Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun , Holland again mentioned how once a team makes it to the playoffs, anything can happen, any of the 16 teams can win. “So if I get to the trade deadline and I can do something and live with the price, I’ll do something.” Holland talked about his experience in Detroit. “When you add players at the deadline, you’re giving up futures. You’re paying a price. But we don’t win the Stanley Cup in 2008 if we don’t do the deal for Brad Stuart.

The Oilers could clear out another contract and open up more ice time for their defence prospects. The Oilers should utilize it and help contenders free up space to add at the deadline . Are there bad expiring contracts the Oilers could trade for? If they were going to make this move , wouldn’t earlier in

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That doesn’t mean that Holland can’t help his team with a stretch run addition or two. He needs a third-line centre. And another Top-9 winger wouldn’t hurt. But if the big boys like St. Louis, Washington, Boston and Colorado are willing to mortgage the future, we predict that Holland’s deadline will be a modest one.

When you are sitting around the top of your division in late January, and you’ve missed the big dance in 12 of the previous 13 springs, making the playoffs is a must in Edmonton. So how do the Oilers do it?

Here’s how:

Acquire a 3C

The gold standard is Pageau, and if Holland could engineer a trade-and-sign, he may change his mind on what he’s willing to send to Ottawa. Assuming Pageau becomes too rich for Edmonton’s blood, think Luke Glendening from Detroit, who has a 56.5 faceoff percentage and leads all Red Wings centremen in shorthanded ice time. He’s 30.

Is there a way to pry 29-year-old pending UFA Melker Karlsson away from San Jose? He may be a fourth-line centre, however, Edmonton already has two of those. I’d look at him in the off-season.

Edmonton Oilers nearing contract extension with winger Zack Kassian

  Edmonton Oilers nearing contract extension with winger Zack Kassian According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the Edmonton Oilers are nearing a contract extension with Zack Kassian. The post Healthy at last, Raptors flash their full potential against Timberwolves appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Spector is reporting that Oilers GM Ken Holland and Kassian’s agent Rick Curran have had ongoing discussions and appear to be reaching a common ground.

Should the Oilers trust him to pull the trigger on a big trade this year? The majority of the deals he’s made have hurt the team and his most recent They should avoid all moves until they have a new GM, simple as that. Chia has/ is destroying this club and we all just get to sit here and watch it burn.

The scrutiny around Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli high as the trade deadline approaching. TSN Hockey analyst Mike Johnson explains that if the Oilers are going

Nick Bonino would be the perfect guy, if Nashville’s season goes south. But he makes another $4.1 million next season, so he would have to be part of a bigger deal where Edmonton could shed. Holland needs Nashville to become a seller to make that deal happen.

Find a winger to help Connor McDavid

Head coach Dave Tippett split up Draisaitl and McDavid after Christmas, and this marks the first time the move has worked for an Oilers coach. Draisaitl landed with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on his left wing, and the team called up Kailer Yamamoto to play the right side.

McDavid, meanwhile, is making do with Neal and Zack Kassian, though we believe the line would be better 5-on-5 if Holland can acquire a left-winger with some speed. Then you play Kassian on the right side sometimes, Neal there at other times, and your Top 9 is better.

Could you get in on Tyler Toffoli, a pending UFA in Los Angeles? What about the Leafs, who need defencemen and have cap issues? Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson would both fit the bill in Edmonton.

He likely has too much term left, but Anaheim’s Adam Henrique would be an interesting acquisition, as would pending New York Rangers UFA Chris Kreider.

A D-man, if Matt Benning is iffy

By all accounts, Matt Benning will return to action soon after the Oilers break. But he’s had two concussions already this season, and if he has one more blow to the head you can bet the doctors will shut him down for the rest of the campaign.

Benning doesn’t handle the puck as well as either Caleb Jones or Ethan Bear, but he still defends better than both of them. And keeping the puck out of your net is a premium as we near the playoffs.

That could leave Holland in the market for an Andy Greene or a Justin Braun. You can’t have enough defencemen once the playoffs start, and Holland’s blue line is not deep.

Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers look to super-size line ups for coming Battle of Alberta game .
Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers look to super-size line ups for coming Battle of Alberta game against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. The #Flames have recalled forward Buddy Robinson from the @AHLHeat. https://t.co/wHYwZdQWjy— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 26, 2020 At the same time, the Edmonton Oilers’ latest line-up includes a return of big Jujhar Khaira to the regular line-up. From Bob Stauffer of the Oilers at Sunday’s practice: Neal-McDavid-Kassian RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto Nygard-Sheahan-Archibald Khaira-Haas-Chiasson Gagner-P Russell Klefbom-Larsson Nurse-Bear K.

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