The Edmonton Oilers are a pretty silly organization, all things considered. Having four recent first overall picks, Leon Draisatl, Jordan Eberle, and Darnell Nurse, the Oilers should, by most accounts, be a better team than they are.
And yet, they’ve never once made the playoffs in the Taylor Hall era, having done a very poor job of supplementing their core pieces with talented depth players.
It’s about time they did something else stupid, and moved one of their bigger-name talents for less than they’re worth.
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 23, 2016
Yesterday, this report came out. It’d make the most sense that they’d be looking to move a forward in exchange for a defenceman, but it’s also a possibility they’re looking for a forward swap
The Oilers aren’t in any rush to improve for this season as it’s already a lost cause, and may be looking at offseason moves rather than deadline ones. (See here for their salary cap situation).
Who do you want from the Oilers? What do you give up? Why?
Some additional thoughts to ponder:
Is moving Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly worth it if you can land a player like Taylor Hall? Do you consider a move for Yakupov to see if you can turn him around? Would it be worth moving JVR or Kadri for a younger talent like Draisatl? Is Edmonton misvaluing some of their other players that you think could be an asset? Do the Leafs package one of their many picks acquired from this season into an established NHLer?
One caveat: Connor McDavid is off-limits, unless you’re a genius in negotiations. Or Lou Lamoriello, maybe.
Post your best takes in the comments below.