Oilers trade Boyd Gordon

The Oilers traded centre Boyd Gordon to Arizona for winger Lauri Korpikoski.

Gordon has one year left with a $3 millon cap hit, while Korpikoski has two years remaining at $2.5 million AAV.

This gives the Oilers some speed in their bottom six, but creates a void down the middle. I don’t see any way the Oilers begin the season with McDavid, RNH, Draisaitl and Lander as their four centres.

A source told me the Oilers are looking at some veterans UFA centres and exploring trade possibilities, but right now the UFA route seems more likely. One name to consider is Gregory Campbell.

This seems like step one of a few deals, other wise it is a bit of a head scratcher considering Gordon’s contract comes off the books next year.

Your thoughts on the deal?

  • Anton CP

    Gordon is not a surprise trade considering that he is a very expensive 4th line C. It looks like that Chiarelli may retain Derek Roy, at least that Oilers are not that thin at C (knock on woods). Korpikoski will step in as bottom 2 line wing which with the departure of Fraser that Korpikoski is actually better than Fraser.

  • Anton CP

    Why? This trade makes no sense. Gordon was one of our most important players last year. That line took tons of defensive zone starts and did extremely well.

    Dumb move… mark my words.

  • YFC Prez

    Not sure I understand the wisdom of trading your best example of a “team player”!

    Just how do you replace his face-off skills? How do you replace his shot blocking? How do you replace his leadership?

    This trade is confounding?