It’s been a very tough week for the Edmonton Oilers, and the schedule offers little hope for relief. A team bleeding wins and faced with another lost season is very likely to change the verbal as soon as possible. That verbal may come in the form of a trade.
At the beginning of the weekend, David Perron made news by stating a few home truths (some of which are summed up in the tweet by Mr. Dave Gordon above). That kind of thing is unusual for an Oilers player, although mild and I believe incidental to the tweet by Darren Dreger of TSN earlier today:
A top center could mean anything, but it seems to me if Craig MacTavish is giving up a nice player like David Perron we can expect a youngster who has experience and is capable of contributing now and into the future.
The Vollman sledgehammer shows Perron getting soft minutes (and good possession results) but he isn’t scoring at even strength. Why?
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU…
Perron’s playing well but not scoring at even strength. His most common centermen are Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl, and that’s part of the problem with this roster. The Oilers have two actual centers, but are loaded with wingers—even with Benoit Pouliot out for several weeks.
And that’s why Dreger’s tweet makes sense.
WHO ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
I don’t know, but would think teams will not part with a Sean Couturier or Nazem Kadri at this time of year. I’d love to talk about Islanders’ centermen but they’re solid, playing well and unlikely to deal when the good times are rolling.
- Brayden Schenn. He’s in rumors a lot, so where there’s smoke maybe there’s fire.
- Brandon Sutter. Again, we’ve heard his name connected to Edmonton in the past.
- Patrik Berglund. Less likely, but maybe the Blues have sellers remorse on Perron.
What do you think? If they’re dealing Perron, what would you want in return?