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Report: Oilers willing to move Jokinen and Slepyshev

It looks like we’re getting back to #TradeTheMall territory as rumours are circulating that the Oilers are open to moving Jussi Jokinen and Anton Slepyshev.

Over at Sportsnet, Mark Spector posted an article this afternoon that talks about the Oilers being open to shipping out newly recruited Jussi Jokinen as well as Anton Slepyshev in an attempt to add a piece. It’s a little bit surprising, a lot of sad, but all around Oilers, ya know? But if one bottom six rumour wasn’t enough to induce a head scratch, Chris Johnston just posted a similar story where his sources say that the Oilers actually sent out a note to gauge interest in Jussi Jokinen. So what the hell is going on here? I know both articles from the same place, but could there really be smoke here? Let’s take a look.

Let’s start with Slepyshev

After missing all of training camp and the pre-season, I’m not sure why it’s a big surprise that Slepyshev is having a slow start to the year. What’s confusing is the fact that his name is coming up in trade rumours. Frankly, Slepyshev was getting all kinds of love this summer and it would be odd that the Oilers would just abandon ship on him already. That is unless Chiarelli needs to give up something of value in order to consummate a deal (likely given that it’s Peter Chiarelli). I’m not saying that Anton Slepyshev is untradeable, but I would think it’s a little early to be giving up on him now, yeah? Anybody? Just me?

What about Jokinen

This one is hilarious to me. The Oilers signed Jussi Jokinen to a one-year deal on July 7th of this year and we’re only 10 games into the regular season. And he’s already in trade rumours? Talk about immediate buyer’s remorse. If this rumour is true, and Peter Chiarelli has already put out feelers for anyone wanting to take Jokinen, then he should have his credit card taken away immediately. When you combine this with the alleged whoopsie daisy that is the Ryan Strome trade then you have two of the only roster moves made this summer turning into disasters.

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Mar 14, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left winger Anton Slepyshev (42) takes a shot against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Place. The Oilers won the game 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

Frankly, I don’t know what to make of these rumours at all. I mean, trading guys from the bottom six would certainly be a “shake up” of sorts but would it really matter all that much with what’s happening on the ice? I mean, let’s be honest here. What kind of return could the Oilers really get with Slepyshev and 36-year-old Jussi Jokinen as the bargaining chips? We’ve seen what Chia gets in a one-for-one trade, so it goes without saying that these two fellas aren’t going to land you Matt Duchene, ya dig? If anything, moving a guy like Jokinen would just look sad considering he’s been around for about 10 minutes.

All in all, it’s been a weird few Internet days for the Edmonton Oilers. Nick Kypreos kicked a hornet’s nest over the weekend and said that the Oilers already regret the Eberle/Strome trade, Twitter is mad at Connor for dressing like Trump on Halloween, and now peeps are talking about bottom six guys getting the boot before their even cooled off. Needless to say, the storylines surrounding the Oilers have done a complete 180 over the past month and it’s been a rollercoaster ride to see them go from Cup favourites back to #HereComeTheOilers territory.

What do you guys think about the Jokinen/Slepyshev rumours? Would you move either of them? Let me know in the comments.

  • BobbyCanuck

    A hockey team lives and dies by its best players, blaming 3rd 4th lines, back up goalie and 2nd pairing D men for our woes is misguided at best.

    Our best players are not getting it done, simple as that, wanna play trade game? McDavid, Dria, Klef, Larson, and Talbot are the only players other teams would be interested in

    • IRONman

      Play the lines like the Blackhawks game. Best game of the year. Find chemistry and stick to your guns. McDavid is the best!!! Don’t ever blame him. Maximum effort

  • ifiwasgm

    Since the moment Chiarelli got so badly fleeced on the Hall trade, I have not trusted anything he does. Then he gets nominated for GM of the year and I’m like “Are you kidding me?!”
    Now sounds like alot of people are jumping off the Chiarelli bandwagon.
    (trade Hall, no problem, if you had too. But lose the trade so badly dosen’t work for me)

  • Spoils

    I’m a mess and likely to post the exact opposite thing tomorrow… for now I feel like JP and KY are coming up on the RW. Ethan and Caleb and co. are coming up on D. If we avoid cap risk while doing it, I guess looking for lightening in the bottle by shuffling the bottom 6 is fine, but the main focus here is for Todd to get this lineup playing playoff hockey. then we snag some additional piece(s) at the deadline to push the team into contention.

    • FlamesFanOtherCity

      Isn’t Poolparty exactly the situation you should avoid with Yamamoto? Let him shine in the WHL and play in the WJC. There is no good reason for the GM to keep him there. Speaking of Puljujarvi, he isn’t lighting it up on a bad team in the AHL either.

      Before you get ahead of yourself, consider getting the team to play regular season hockey before you worry about adding at the deadline to be a contender. If you don’t have the pieces to make that happen, then you need to give up any picks and prospects you can afford. Or giving up a top player.

  • Roberto

    Rangers are desperate right now…. Trade JP, Benning, Strome, Jokinen, Slepy and a 2nd for McDonaugh and Krieder. If that doesn’t get it done, sweeten the pot with picks. Trade the mall.

  • BendingCorners

    Why panic? The team got off to a slow start and now they’re pressing and making mistakes. Eventually they will relax and show more confidence.
    You guys know your team better than I do, but would Caggiula / RNH / Slepyshev make a good third line? It would certainly have a bit of speed.
    Is Puljujarvi ready to try again? Or is he still convinced he’s the cat’s meow? If he’s ready would he fit on the second line with Draisaitl and Lucic?
    The Oilers have a bunch of talent and a decent coach. Relax and wait.

    • Hemmercules

      I think the only time anyone has felt relaxed around these parts is when the team clinched a playoff spot last year.

      They look a little lost at times this year, they generate shots and chances but nothing is going in. Talbot is either great or terrible it seems.

      I dont think externally is the way to go just yet. This start sucks but this team is better than they are playing. I guess if you are moving Jokienen and some picks or something go for it but I don’t see any outside help of any significance coming this early in the season. JP isn’t ready either, I will be surprised if he plays at all in the NHL this year unless some injuries happen.

  • OTOF2

    Is anyone really surprised at this? Let the circus begin. Chia may have intended to ignore the influences but when you are surrounded by the trinity of suck every day it is only a matter of time before they rub off on him. Complete joke that the 3 biggest failures of hockey mgmt are still part of this team. The Oil / Katz deserve to be the joke of NHL when you run your team in this manner. Emberassing.

    • Roberto

      They re-signed Howson in the summer, and signed Lowe to play for the team….. this after the fans were distracted by a slight bit of success in the playoffs…. I found it insulting, and was muted for expressing the same. I hate to say it but this start serves the Oilers right. They’ll be a good team because of McDavid, Drai and Talbot…. but they’ll never be as good as they could be if the decisions made were purely hockey decisions. At times, it’s embarrassing to be an Oiler fan.

  • Mitch92

    Strome is not the problem in the Eberle trade. The fact that everyone pretty much knew that Ebs had to go following a semi-disastrous year is what killed his trade value. Expecting Strome to replace Ebs’ offense is foolish. Strome needs to become a consistent third line 20 goal scorer with PK assignments.

    • Rusty

      Get out of here with your logic. This the Baggedmilk and Henderson hate chiarelli/kris russel page. Normal Oilers fans are not welcome here. If you dont hate strome/russel/chia/mclelan/lucic cancel your membership. COnversely if you think Yak is just waiting to break out if hes just given a chance, Hall was worth more than larsson, eberle is the next gretz or anything else that has no basis in fact then welcome to Oilers Nation!!

  • OldOilFan

    “The hour is getting late.”

    This WEEK’s games could turn out to be “pivotal” for the 2017-18 season. It’s scary but the Oil are fast getting into a BIG hole. Hopefully we get to enjoy seeing the big guns [and selected other key players] rising to the challenge in November. By month’s end, if they aren’t at .500 then it’s gonna be too late to recover…

  • slats-west

    joikenen is dead to this team. Case in point was Detroit game wide open net and he shot it off the Molson sign. No grit for a player that to play in the NHL has to be what he brings each and every night. Brutal.

    Slep- this I agree is not a great move. I think that he should be a regular perhaps on McDavid line as Maroon has a case of the yips and I fear we are seeing the Anaheim Duck Maroon vs the 2016-17 Marroon.

    in the end I get we need to trade something to get something but if its Strome 2.0 then no thanks!!!